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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
November 29, 2016
Our World in Motion
29° 33’S X 177° 48’W
Southeast to Napier
Southerly winds/ calm seas, and more sun
Sailors have a heightened sense of awareness to the world around them. If there is one thing I observed aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, it is that our maritime world is in fluid motion. Winds veer and back, the celestial sphere scans the sky, the ship inhales and exhales with each swell, and the compass sways as we alter our heading from NW to SE.
It was not just two days ago when, quite frankly, moral was low. Tired from a long watch and sticky from the summer heat I sat in the main salon with a glazed expression unable to calculate my sun line. Words like Azimuth and declination and zenith flowed in one ear and out the other.
Adding to the complexity was the fascitnating but confusing concept: we have crossed into the Western Hemisphere! I was ready to wallow in defeat in my bunk when Captain Pamela announced, “SWIM CALL!” 20 minutes later I was swimming in the sapphire waters of the South Pacific. Yes Ma, I swam with nothing but 2,049 meters of ocean between us and the ocean floor. And although the water was cleared and safe. But not for the enormous salp that hungout with us at the time we entered, just minutes after the “pool” closed we saw several nudibranches- and Porpitas porpitas. It was awesome. And with this shift of moods came Raoul into our view, even if only for a short time.
Today during watch, Captain Pamela and Ed taught me how to open a coconut with a butter knife; S-270 is skilled. Our steward and today’s assistant steward, the brilliant Chris and Maeve made us no-alcohol Piña coladas (Treat Yo’self- am I right?).
And the area of high pressure’s variable gentle breezes are forecast further fluidity in our world. Tonight, we change watch officers and scientists. C watch has bid adieu to our faithful leaders Rocky, and Ed and will be completing our apprentice phase under Rebecca and Janet. With new watch officers, come new responsibilities. During the next two weeks we are given more responsibility and become shadows to our mates and scientists. Our first test came today in the form of the Deck Practical. We rounded the deck proving to our mates our knowledge to tie knots, fasten lines, gather weather information, and become smart effective sailors at sea (I believe they were impressed.) Tomorrow we will do the same in the Lab Practical.
As Raoul Island fads into the darkness, as a new moon sits modest in the sky, as a new apprentice phase begins, S-270 welcomes more change and a chance to explore more of the unknown. We won’t take things for granted, for we recognize the fluid motion of the world!
Love you Ma, Dad, Arianna, and Erica!
Also happy belated Thanksgiving to Julia’s family!