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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

November 30, 2014

Get yer sea legs on!

Kate Perkins, B Watch, Washington State University

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Chris, Kate (me), and Allisa furling the jib on the bowsprit.

Ship's Log

Current Position
41°40.6’S x 174°26.4’E

Weather
Sunny with a chance of squalls

Sail Plan & Course/Speed
Stays’ls only; heading along the east coast of the South Island; course ordered 185 at 5 knots

Today began with the excitement of heading back out to the open ocean! We enjoyed a regular night of sleep last evening, a precursor to the sometimes odd hours of the watch schedule we enjoy at sea. After breakfast, we completed the usual morning duties (cleaning, cleaning, and cleaning), then heard the call of, “all hands muster on the quarterdeck!” This call may indicate several things: meeting, class, field trip, or in this case, imminent departure. Roles were assigned and the crew prepared to cast off the lines and bid farewell to (very) Windy Wellington. The ship’s first stop was the northeast corner of Wellington Harbor to perform a series of Shipek grabs, executed to sample sediments from the ocean floor. Additionally, surface water samples were collected using the complex bucket-and-rope technique for microplastic analysis (okay, it’s simple and effective – you throw a bucket attached to a rope over the side to collect water).

We sailed onwards (well, motor-sailed initially) under the forestays’l and mainstays’l into a beautiful, sunny, windy day. Traveling alongside large interisland ferries and small personal sailing craft, we headed southeast through Cook Strait toward the east coast of the South Island. It felt good to reacquire sea legs and set the sails after some days perusing the shore. We were able to shut off the engine for a spell and sail, however shortly after setting the tops’l for the first time the winds died down and left us sitting ducks in a large salty pond. Strike the tops’l, furl the jib, find the engineer, fire up the motor. Onwards! If all looks swell (as in peachy, as opposed to the large rolling waves) we will take a cruise out to the Chatham Rise, a region of high biological activity located on a shelf offshore. Fingers crossed!

Additionally, after two weeks with the same mate and scientist (and in the case of B watch a deckhand also – shout out to J2 and Sari), the watch teams rotated crews to broaden our knowledge and experience.  We’re in a new phase of our lives – shadowing in preparation for mutiny! I mean, uh, we’ll be taking over the majority of the responsibilities in the final two weeks of the program and need to prepare ourselves. This means directing stupid questions (yes, those do exist) to your watchmates first, instead of the mate and scientist. Teamwork!

- Kate

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s256 • (4) Comments

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Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Paul F Ross on December 02, 2014

There’s Granddaughter Kate ... in shades ... on the bowsprit ... after doing bucket-and-rope water sampling.

Granddad for Grandmom and me


#2. Posted by Mark Dalpe on December 04, 2014

Looking relaxed and love the smile Allisa! Hope everyone is enjoying the sights and creating
great memories! Miss you!  Love Dad


#3. Posted by Bruce Perkins on December 05, 2014

Hi Kate P!

It sounds like you’re having fun!  You always have been comfortable around boats.  Things are good here, although it’s cold and NOT sunny!  I look forward to seeing you soon-  you and I can go clean the boat! (just kidding!) 

Love you-

Dad


#4. Posted by Valerie Perkins on December 05, 2014

Hi Kate,
It’s great to read your post!
GJ and Bruce F came up for Thanksgiving dinner and we all spent some time reading through your shipmate’s posts and checking out the maps after dinner. There are so many good writers in your crew - we had a good time learning about how you all are spending your days! Everyone misses you and can’t wait to talk to you in person! Ashley called to say Happy Thanksgiving and that she misses you too. I think I’ll make them (and Jenny) some goodies for the holidays.
Enjoy your trip - what a great adventure!
Love you,
Mom, Peewee & Leo


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