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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
February 17, 2016
Kia ora, Aotearoa
RCS docked at Princes Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand
Cloudy, SW winds at 14 knots, 75 degrees at midday
Today begins the sea component for the class, crew, and faculty of Global Oceans New Zealand S-264. One advantage of an early ship arrival for a faculty member is the opportunity to see the incredible work of the oncoming and off-going crews in preparing the ship for the next voyage. I have been here on the ship for three days, constantly impressed by the collective knowledge and skill exhibited in every dimension of ship maintenance.
My own technical nautical expertise almost extends to replacing the coffee filter in the salon. Almost. With the arrival of students to the ship on this aggressively cloudy Wednesday afternoon, orientation and safety training will begin. Tomorrow brings an excursion to the Auckland War Museum, and Friday a welcome ceremony for the class by a prominent iwi (Maori tribe) in their Auckland area marae, or meeting house. This marks the first visit to Aotearoa New Zealand for every one of our 22 students.
Exploring this extraordinary country by sea is a rare opportunity, and I’m glad to be along for the ride. My fellow professors and I have spent the last few days arranging for whales to breach, dolphin pods to encircle the ship, and penguins to do whatever it is penguins do—all during our travels. We’ve arranged everything.
Please don’t tell the students.