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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 04, 2019

Life at Sea!

Josie Sullivan, C Watch, East Carolina University


Ali and Julia ChUMPing (collecting temperature and salinity data).

Ship's Log

Noon Position
43o55.5’S x 179o12.7’E

Chatham Rise

105 oT


Souls on board

We have now been at sea for four days! Everyone is starting to get in the swing of our watch schedules of 6 hours on and 12 hours off. Slowly but surely we are beginning to stop crashing into walls every second, hitting our heads everywhere we go, and learning how to not have everything spill off the rolling tables at meals.

We have also started dragging a fishing line and believe it or not, but we caught two blue fin tuna today! Unfortunately, both were too small to keep and we had to throw them back but it was exciting to say the least. The blue fin tuna wasn't the only excitement of the day, we also saw a couple dolphins and seals along the horizon. Albatrosses are soaring everywhere even though we are already hundreds of miles off shore. In the Neuston net we caught a variety of large clear salps and a Portuguese man-of-war that was an incredible shiny blue and purple color. Life at sea brings all sorts of new discoveries.

At the end of the day if everyone isn't passed out in their bunks after dinner we come together and play music and games. It's a great atmosphere to hang out and get to know everyone in outside of the working and learning aspects on watch. We have such a wide variety of people with different backgrounds that we never have a dull moment.

- Josie Sullivan, C Watch, East Carolina University

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s285  study abroad  sailing  life at sea • (6) Comments


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#1. Posted by Joan Sullivan on April 04, 2019

What a great seaman’s watch note by my granddaughter Josie. Sounds like your all keepin’ your eyes on the stars and all’s right w/the seaworld…Wishin’ my darlin’ Josie well along w/her shipmates…Hope she’s keepin’ a journal as her dad did before her on his voyage.

#2. Posted by LR on April 04, 2019

Thanks for the post.  Love your description of getting used to life on the boat.

#3. Posted by MaryEllen Tracy on April 05, 2019

Hi Adrienne!1

All is well.  Alf is off to Peru. (She broke her arm long-boarding the day before she left!!!)  Thankfully she is traveling with a medical team smile  Fred came by yesterday and will start work next week!  So there will be changes when you return.  Pup, Pappy, Auntie and I are all well. 

I thank the Sea Semester folks for the blog.  It really makes me super happy to see smiling faces and hear about the daily discoveries.

I leave you all with a quote from Grace Hopper, “A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” 

Mum (Mary Ellen)

#4. Posted by John Sullivan on April 05, 2019

Believe it or not - but we’re all glad to hear all is well aboard SSV Robert C. Seamans!  Nice that vessel tracking is back on-line and we can see your progress.  Hope the weather holds out so you can make a landing on the Chatham Islands.  See you later C-watchers. 
Good luck with the fishing >))))*>

#5. Posted by nancy leadley on April 05, 2019

To Lee: So thrilled to read the log. Glad the sea legs are coming along. Arnica is probably your forever friend. Hope the tithing to Neptune is over and done. Many GIANT hugs to Lee (free hug Friday - it’s still Friday in the States) Also a big thank you for gifting us with the helm picture - and with the color blue!  Wishing you favorable seas and continued reflective curiosities on your epic journey.  Miss and love you boatloads:)
XOX XOX,  Mom, Mitch, Ollie
PS I did not put any Easter eggs in your duffel, really.

#6. Posted by Peter Allen on April 06, 2019

Ooh - 8.4 knots!  That’s the fastest I’ve seen so far!



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