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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
July 20, 2015
3° 06.4’S x 171° 05.7’W
SE at 14 knots
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)
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.