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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

June 09, 2018

Ode to the Sea

Ralfs Beitans, B Watch, Northeastern University


Rainbow and squalls.

Ship's Log

Current Position
01°35 N x 157° 29 W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Varied through the day, 3-8 knots

Sail Plan
Motoring Main Stays’l, Raffee, Tops’l, Course, Forestays’l

Sweltering heat in the morning, squalls in the afternoon to evening.

Souls on board

Today started off with sweltering 31 degree heat, and a very calm Ocean.

Being in the Sun is has not been easy at any point, but longing for persistent shade is something we have all experienced. The lack of wind meant that we were moving a meager 3 knots until we engaged the engines
later in the afternoon.

The day saw an impromptu haircutting session, where several members of our class decided to shave their heads completely. I even had the privilege to participate in the shaving of Mr. DeWitt's hair.

There was a ceremony for the members of the ship's crew that had never crossed the Equator, pollywogs turning to shellbacks. A momentous occasion, the details of which cannot be elaborated upon.

Of course, the consistent beauty of the Ocean has been continuously discussed by my shipmates, and I echo their sentiments. Still scenic, still beautiful. Looking forward to make land fall tomorrow!

Also a poem for her majesty the Ocean-

Salty are her lips
Curvy her hips
Needless to say
We are blown her way

Engulfed in Blue
What's warm is true
The shadows temporary
My wants are but tertiary

Greet this sweet commotion
Eternally in motion
As far from home, too familiar
The voices here, dissimilar

Refreshing tones
That rattle your bones
Islands, accept us
Please, grant another gust

Ralfs, B Watch, Northeastern University

P.S. I wish I told someone at home that there would be a blog, so that they might read this. Note for the future- Sveicieni no Ekvatorialajiem udeniem! Milu!

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Pacific Reef Expedition, • Topics: s280  crossing the equator • (6) Comments
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#1. Posted by Ruta' Tauiiili-Mahuka on June 11, 2018

Ralfs, beautiful ode to the sea.. thank you for the updates, we at home vicariously experiencing this wonderful adventure with you - take care everyone!

#2. Posted by Doug DeWitt on June 11, 2018

Looking forward to seeing that new haircut Mr. DeWitt!

#3. Posted by Dot Shaw on June 12, 2018

Andrew - you were going to try and grow a beard; hopefully, you were not one of the ones who shaved their heads!!!
Hope you enjoyed the polliwog to shell-back ceremony - are their pictures?!  Hope you are enjoying your time on Kiritimati and also snorkeling it’s lagoon.
Miss you and enjoy the sail to Honolulu - Love, All

#4. Posted by Nate on June 12, 2018

Congrats on obtaining shellback status, Darlene! I promise I won’t ask for details XD

#5. Posted by Joyce on June 15, 2018

Tiffany,congratulations on shellback status.hope you didn’t cut that beautiful hair.

#6. Posted by Jeff Sullivan on June 22, 2018

Hi Ralfs-this is Jeff Sullivan from the Global Experience Office (I helped advise you and Abril for the SEA Semester program through Northeastern). I went on a short SEA Semester voyage around Cape Cod and saw what it was like on the Corwith Cramer (which I think is very similar to Seamans). I was on B watch as well! 12pm-4pm and 12am-4am. I will post your blog on our Northeastern GEO social media.



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