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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

July 20, 2015

Land Ho!

Erica Lee Schulz, Denison University

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Above: Obvious Enthusiasm from myself as we get closer to land. Below: A Juvenile boobie making its way to the Island.

Ship's Log

3° 06.4’S x 171° 05.7’W

SE at 14 knots

Course steered

Souls on Board

Dear Land Lovers,
It has been almost two weeks since we set sail from Honolulu. We have seen nothing but deep blue seas  (day in and day out) and it has been marvelous. Our tans lines have become clearly defined and it seems as though we all have finally (got ahold of)(toned) our sea legs. The hectic watch schedule has started to become a routine and life on the Robert C. Seamans is becoming somewhat normal. However, I suppose normal might not be the best way to describe our life on the ship. I’m not sure about you folks on land but seeing sea turtles, whales and sharks? It’s happening and it is tremendously awesome. Though today was a little more unusual, as of Monday, July 20th 2015 around 06:23 we have finally seen land! Land Ho!

My day started off great as I woke up after the sleep of kings. (The sleep of kings is the 10 hours between watches that allows you to sleep a healthy 8 hours). After waking up feeling refreshed I realized today was the day that Captain Pamela told us that we would be able to see our first island in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. I sprung out of bed in hopes in get a glance of the island Enderbury. Wow, what a sight. Seabirds were flying around the boat as we made way to get a better look. The island consisted of a handful of palm trees, stacks of rocks, an obelisk, low lying shrubs, coral heads and red rocks in the water. There was something comforting about finally seeing land after so many days at sea. Excitement filled the boat and everyone had found his or her place on deck to get a look and many pictures of the first sight of land. It truly felt like we had finally entered PIPA even though we had been sailing their waters for a day or so.

As today comes to a close, I find myself finishing up some unfinished work in the galley. As thrilling as today was, my fellow shipmates and I cannot wait until tomorrow when we arrive at Kanton. We can finally anchor for a few days and explore.

Erica Lee Schulz (Sea Lover)

Denison University

Ps. Shout out to the homies who are reading this and to my lovely parents for making this insane voyage a reality. And Dad you were right. Some days are work but most days are unbelievable.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Protecting the Phoenix Islands, • Topics: s261 • (5) Comments
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#1. Posted by VIrginia Lagergren on July 21, 2015

    Really enjoyed your blog and the pictures.  So happy to know that you are near land.  You look like a happy sailor!
    Miss you and love you.

#2. Posted by Mary on July 21, 2015

Greetings Souls on Board of the SSV Robert C Seamans,

So excited for all of you to be anchoring and the opportunity to explore.  I look forward to reading about those adventures, discoveries and the feelings of walking on land! 

Keeping all of you in thought and prayer.

Mary, Mama…. smile

#3. Posted by Mark Schulz on July 22, 2015

Erica & All,  CONGRATS on reaching land !!  I hope it doesn’t take long for you to re-calibrate your ‘land-legs’. In the blog photos the ship looks very tidy, sheets coiled, foredeck clean etc.—- a good sign that Capt & Crew must be training you well. Enjoy Kanton.

#4. Posted by Theresa. on July 22, 2015

Hi Erica,
So happy your adventure is going well.  I can’t wait to hear all about what you have learned and seen.  I enjoyed your blog and photo.  Stay safe
Love, Mom. xoxo

#5. Posted by Zoe Walpuck on July 22, 2015

ERICA!  I’ve been keeping up with your guys’ blog every day, and awaiting the day when we’d hear from you. So exciting reading about your trip—makes me miss it so much myself. Say hi to Mama Seamans for me & good luck to you and all your shipmates with research & sailing!



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