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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 03, 2019

First Few Days aboard the Robert C. Seamans

Cecily Tye, B Watch, University of California at Berkeley


Manning the helm with Lee!

Ship's Log

Noon Position
43o36.7’S x 176o57.4’E

Chatham Rise



Souls on board

It's our third day at sea! After the initial shock of getting used to the constant rolling waves, and the many subsequent donations made to Neptune in hopes of a safe voyage, it seems as though people are starting to get their sea legs. Everyone has been adjusting to life on watch schedule, where we rotate through deck, lab, galley and engineer positions. My personal favorite position is forward lookout, where you get to stand on the bowsprit of the boat and gaze out over the open ocean. The bouncing of the bow on the waves makes you feel as though you're on a roller coaster, and it's a nice place to contemplate the constant sense of existentialism one feels during life at sea. I have been thinking a lot about the inevitable heat death of the universe.

It's especially nice during night watch, when the sky is clear and you are able to see all of the constellations perfectly. It looks like a NASA satellite image right before your eyes. Another cool thing about night watch is getting to observe the bioluminescence in the water. As the waves crash on the boat, you can see splashes of neon blue-green, and many of these flashy life-forms are then captured in the neuston net tow, which means that we get to haul them aboard and observe them up close.

We've also been learning our lines and how to raise and downhaul all of the sails, which is a fun activity to do as a watch team. I, like many other people in my class, have never sailed before, so getting to see how each sail works with different winds is really neat. I'm looking forward to my first rosette deployment tomorrow, which involves sending the CTD (which measures temperature, salinity, and density) and niskin bottles (which take water samples from varying depths) down to 1,000 meters. When you're doing science on a sailing vessel, there's never a dull moment!

- Cecily Tye, B Watch, University of California at Berkeley

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s285  study abroad  sailing • (3) Comments
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#1. Posted by Billie Davey on April 04, 2019

Wishing my niece, Camille a safe and pleasant journey. I am keeping track on the blog.

Aunt Billie, Uncle Grant, and Quinn

#2. Posted by Claudia Plattner on April 05, 2019

Wishing my best friend Oleta (Mexi Corry) and all I’m board happy sailing and adventures. Love you Claudia.

#3. Posted by Riley Campbell (and Pinkhouse boys) on April 09, 2019

Hi Cec!

We miss you! Just waned to say all is well in Berkeley. We are all finishing up our last midterms forever and are getting excited for graduation. Trying to organize these guys to book somewhere for a grad lunch is near impossible but I’m working on it! It’ll be so great for you to come back when we are finishing up finals and ready to have some fun. Also, the world events update here:

The Muller report finished and was passed along to the AG (William Barr) who subsequently released a very small summary stating no collusion but also no exoneration. Everyone flipped and the dems are now forcing him to release the full report because they don’t trust him.

The Cowboys resigned Demarcus Lawrence for a 5-year $105 million contract extension.

Trevor and Sam are not YET dating but the jury is still out for that one so I’ll keep you updated there.

Love ya Cec,

Riley & the PinkHouse Boys



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