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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 05, 2014

Living Up the Sea Life

Catherine Puleo, B Watch, Miami University


This is one of the many beautiful sunrises we view on the Robert C. Seamans on dawn watch.

Ship's Log

Current Position
9° 24.8’ S x 142° 36.5’ W

Course & Speed
ENE, Speed 2.2 Knots

Sail Plan
Forestays’l and Mainstays’l

Upper 80’s and lots of sun with some nice and puffy cumulus clouds

E x N, 5 feet

Hello World!

On the Robert C. Seamans we are living up the sea life! It’s very different from you landlubbers out there. Sleep is short, but very refreshing. I woke up at 0230 for my watch at 0300, Dawn Watch! This is my favorite watch time. Who guessed it? I’m turning into a morning person. Lily and I wake up at the same time since we are both on B Watch and live in Shellback Alley, aka The Turtles! We get dressed, grab our harnesses and catch a midnight snack. Tonight we had some awesome Puppy Chow, kudos to Nina and Jerelle. Speaking of the food, Nina is an amazing steward! Her baking is the best; pancakes, muffins, and French toast are definitely some of my favorites.

Anyway, Dawn Watch is the best because you can see the stars on a clear night transition into the sun rising onto the horizon come morning. During Dawn Watch today, the B Watch was able to shoot some stars and planets with the sextants. The planets, Venus and Mars, and the star, Vega, were chosen by students. Vega is the fifth brightest of all the stars in the sky, reflecting a bluish hue. There are many other stars seen at night in the South Pacific. Look close enough and you might even see the dolphin constellation jumping above the Milky Way. By the way, I never thought the Milky Way would be so bright and clearly seen. It’s amazing!

While on watch I also spoke with my Watch Officer, Jay, whom I was shadowing today. Phase Two started yesterday at 2300, during which the students begin to take on more of a leadership role in lab and on deck. I learned how to direct the watch and manage all of the needs on deck over the four hours. Roles including lookout, helm, boat check, left hand log and navigation all need to be filled by the three students on deck watch. Among all of Jay’s responsibilities, he has the honor of planning our time ashore on port stops! In 153 nautical miles, we will be anchored in Nuka Hiva! This is one of Jay’s favorite port stops and I’m really excited to explore the island.

In preparation for being ashore, we had our glorious field day today. During class time we rock out to our ipods and clean the ship and I mean clean! All of the bulkheads (walls), overheads (ceilings) and soles (floors) were scrubbed clean. We want to look nice and pretty for Nuka Hiva!

I look forward to finding a phone booth and saying hello to some loved ones at home, so watch for some late night calls! To my Mom, Dad, Kim, Mary and Tyler I miss you all very very much!

Nana! (Goodbye in Tahitian)

- Catherine

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