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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

February 27, 2018

Of Science and Wind

Qyn Byrne, A Watch, Bowdoin College


Sunrise above the J-frame before morning watch today.

Ship's Log

Current Position
37°44.10’S × 179°12.59’E

Ship’s Heading & Speed
065° full and by the wind, 5.9 knots

Mostly clear and sunny with some cumulus, stratus, altocumulus, altostratus, cir clouds (3/8). Winds out of SE, force 5. Temperature 20.5°C.

Souls on board

The weather today reminds me of St. Louis, my hometown.  The humidity might be closer to that of Brunswick, ME where I live most of the year, but the constantly changing winds, waves and sprays of seawater like rain remind me of growing up in an area where the weatherman is always wrong.  We wanted to go south, we will go south, but not during my morning watch did we dare to venture into the southward coming winds.  Even some seabirds - like the storm petrels, cape pigeons and shearwaters - were observed changing course away from the strong winds.  The giant waves were great to feel as they came to the boat, but also slightly moved the anchor, making it hard for some of my shipmates to sleep.

However, none of this daunted our fearless Chief Scientist, Chuck.  During lab today we launched the CTD, Neuston Net and science buckets to collect data for the science projects of the D/POR (Directed/Practical Oceanographic Science) students.  The D/POR students presented their interesting and engaging projects to the shipmates today so that everyone knows why they have been filtering chlorophyll-a and microplastics (my project) and counting beautiful vellela vellela, myctophids and macroplastics (also my project) from the Neuston samples for the past few weeks.

As the day comes to a close, I look towards my dawn watch in a few hours where the winds will hopefully have backed - traveled counterclockwise around the compass - allowing us to sail southward towards Wellington.  If I am lucky, the stars will again fill the night sky in a marvelous cosmic array of lights and my watch officer, Chief Mate Allison, will teach me more constellations!

To all of my friends and family reading this: I am having a great time at sea.  The food is great, thank you Sabrina and Red!  I hope to see many of you soon.

- Qyn Byrne, A Watch, Bowdoin College

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s277  study abroad • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Randy Stafford on February 28, 2018

Heading 065 full and by and winds SE means a true wind angle of 70 degrees.  Force 5 winds and ship speed 5.9 knots, so apparent wind angle about 55 degrees.  How high can the Bobby C point, I wonder.



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