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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 12, 2017
Far Away From Anywhere…
40° 42.3’S x 161° 6.0’W
Mostly motorsailing in light winds since last night (stopping for science, of course!)
I’m sailing my first trip as a dayworker (I sleep at night and work during the day instead of standing watch), so I’ve been able to come up on deck and join the dawn watch for absolutely stunning sunrises the past few days. I know that there is beauty all over the world, but knowing that we are about 700 nautical miles from the nearest point of land makes the ocean seem endless, and the sunrise even more beautiful.
Today, we had a good reminder of how far we are from land. While on a boat check this afternoon, Liz found a “fire” in the forward machinery space (don’t worry… it was a piece of paper with the word fire written on it). The entire ships’ company quickly jumped to their fill roles on the station bill for the fire drill.
After the drill, we enjoyed a class full of awesome creature features. Jana and Turi waxed poetic about stomatopods, then Marcia and Carina taught us all about salps, including salp snacks from Neptune’s own garden! I thought they were pretty tasty.
Each day, as the vessel moves further from land, her crew moves closer to being a cohesive unit. we take care of the ship, and she takes care of us.
Well, it’s time for me to go shoot some stars and try to figure out where in the world we are…