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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 12, 2017

Far Away From Anywhere…

Annika Savio, Assistant Engineer

Ocean Exploration

Anna, Sammi, Kurt, and Carina enjoy a salp slam…

Ship's Log

Noon Position
40° 42.3’S x 161° 6.0’W



Sail Plan
Mostly motorsailing in light winds since last night (stopping for science, of course!)

Souls on Board

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…

- Annika

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Ocean Exploration, • Topics: s272  life at sea • (2) Comments
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#1. Posted by Rose Arden on April 13, 2017

BETHA!!!! We’ve been keeping track of you! How fun is this?? We sit on the compound, so very much on land and you are seeing that the world is certainly round. .... It still is, right??
We love you and I’m writing to tell the crew and students that they are very blessed to have the BEST people EVER on the team, Ms. Beth Martin!!
We love you Betha and cannot wait to hear of your adventures! Love from Team Arden

#2. Posted by karin savio on April 22, 2017

annika…gratis på namnsdagen on the 21st! we’re enjoying the posts and following the plots…can’t wait to see you next month! love you. m&d



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