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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

November 15, 2017

First day of Sailin’ and dolphins

Rudy Schreiber, C Watch, University of the Arts

The Global Ocean

My best picture of a dolphin jumping over another dolphin

Ship's Log

Current Position
36° 26’ 75.0” S x 174° 51’ 63.0” E

Course & Speed

Sail Plan
sail towards Russel, Bay of Islands

much windier than I thought, but thoroughly sunny

Souls on Board

Bon Voyage, land!

We started my day with breakfast then chores. My watch was in charge of scrubbing the deck (I’ve been calling it the poop deck until someone tells me that it is not the poop deck). After chores we were released to do our independent study. Caleb, Will, and my project for Sense of Place, are to observe and document the taskscape of Mount Eden, Auckland’s tallest dormant volcanoes. We were accompanied by Lindsey who was interested in Mount Eden as well. We did a mad dash to find a bus that brought us there. It was truly a magnificent view of the whole city from the summit. We took our observations and once again dashed back to the boat.

All hands were called to muster on the mid-deck and were sent to their stations for it was time to set off. We took in our gangplank and motored out of Auckland. Once out of the harbor all hands were called to raise the four main sails. We sailed until we reached Kawau Bay. As we cruised into the bay we were accompanied by five dolphins swimming along our ship. Even after we anchored they decided to linger in our company. It was 1800 and time for dinner. Most of us brought our dinner up on the deck to visit with our new friends as we ate. “Talk about a dinner and a show” I heard someone joke. I whipped out my fateful camera and attempted to snap a picture of a dolphin mid- jump. I tried and tried, I ended up taking over 500 pictures of the dolphins alone, most only showed a stray fin in the corner of the screen. It seemed as if they were tempting me, once I would give up and put my camera back in its case, they would do a backflip. I was quite frustrated, but eventually, I finally got the picture. It’s not that close up, but if you look closely, you can spot a dolphin in mid-air leaping over another. My legs were tiered from standing all six hours of my watch, but getting that picture of a dolphin flying made it all worth it.

Love to Mom and Dad (don’t forget to register me for classes)

- Rudy

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s276  life at sea  megafauna  study abroad • (3) Comments
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#1. Posted by SallyAnn Rogers on November 16, 2017

Great first day adventure. I look forward to many more. Think of you every day. Xoxo

#2. Posted by Rudi Schreiber, Sr. on November 16, 2017


Mom did register you with the minimum number of hours for full-time status and the courses your advisor recommended, but there is still room for you to add classes.  It looks like the crew is clicking as a unit already, and you seem to have your sea legs.

Don’t worry too much about it, but I did want to let you know that Grandma is in the hospital.  The issue will probably be resolved by the time you next get internet access, so I will post updates as I get them.

#3. Posted by evis orsinis on November 17, 2017

Hey kim!!! these logs are amazing i can’t wait till its your turn to write!! also that upside down dolphin is hilarious-props to the camera guy! i hope the journal is serving its purpose cuz both of mine sure are. miss u tons




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