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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

February 27, 2019


Sarah Farris, B-Watch, UNC-Chapel Hill



Ship's Log

Current Position
37° 28.673’ S x 178°35.131’ E (Off the East Cape)

Ship’s Heading & Speed
095 and 6.0 knots (Straight and hella fast)

Sunny, with some clouds. Light wind (BF 1), ExS. Waves are around 1 foot from ESE.

Souls on board

Ahoy from the Robert C. Seamans! We have now been in our new watch rotations for a whole 24 hours! Six hours of watch sounds more tedious than it actually is, which has been a nice surprise (so far, I've only had two watches). Right before B-watch took the deck this morning at 0700, we got to watch the sunrise. It ascended into a halo of clouds making it a fiery sunrise, all I could think of was the song "Fireball" by Pitbull. We have been slowly edging closer to East Cape, which means we are a couple miles closer to our ascent down to Wellington. In the morning, we were motoring pretty close to land trying to see if mother nature was going to be on our side to get in some sailing. Captain came up to the helm and asked us to change course in the direction of the gyre, so we made a left turn out into the open ocean. After getting further from land, we got the go ahead to dump the five buckets of compost we had. A pretty big responsibility if I do say so myself.

As we got onto morning science station a plethora of birds encompassed our boat. Parkinson's Petrels plopped down in the water next to us and an albatross glided behind the stern. While sitting in idle, we worked on our knots. I can now tie a round turn with two half-hitches and a rolling hitch. In the afternoon, we washed laundry out on deck.  After gathering our foul clothes, we trudged over to the hose with two five-gallon buckets. We filled
one with water and dish soap and the other with just freshwater. Laundry tends to be tedious on the boat, but having cleanish clothes is always a treat.

Life on the ship has been really interesting so far. The lack of contact with the outside world has been surprisingly easy (sorry, mom and dad). It's easy to get sucked into ship life. Waking up to the sunrise (depending on the watch) and enjoying the sunset seems like the norm. It's almost surreal that is is my current day-to-day life. I've learned a great deal about the inter-workings of the ship and I wake up wanting to know more. I'm excited to see what these next few weeks hold for us!

To all my friends and family, I miss y'all so much! I can't wait to tell you all about my experiences on the ship and in New Zealand. Mom and dad, I can't wait for y'all to meet me in Christchurch so we can go and explore! New Zealand is amazing and every day here makes me want to leave less!

Love and miss you all!
Sarah Farris, B-Watch, UNC-Chapel Hill

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s284  study abroad • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Carolyn on March 01, 2019

I love the idea that you guys are getting into the rhythm of nature with the sunrise and sunset. The pictures are amazing and I’m sure the untold adventures will be riveting.  We are looking forward to the amazing stories and, Sarah, we can’t wait to see you in a few weeks. 

Love Mom and Dad



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