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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 14, 2018
Pump Up the Jam
38 40.3’S x 171 01.5’W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
010 degrees per ship’s compass, 6.3 knots
Tops’l, forestays’l, mains’l
Sunny with some clouds, 18.0 C, winds from the SW
Today was Field Day, a day where we clean the whole ship in two hours, which sounds like daunting task. But, it's my favorite day of the week. In those two hours we get to listen to music from our phones, which results in singing and dancing all around! Other days the only way to listen to music is to make it - people sing and play guitars, ukuleles and banjos. Although the live music is wonderful and rejuvenating, there's nothing like listening to familiar songs that are imbued with a little piece of home. The songs we play are from a group playlist we created in our final days on shore in Woods Hole. Many songs were picked knowing that they would be the only songs we would hear for six weeks, which makes them all the more worthwhile to listen to. The songs range from pop to country to throwbacks. The combination of singing, dancing, and cleaning was the perfect way to revive my shipmates and I after a long week of rainy days, being hove-to, and limited science opportunities.
Not only was there music today, but the sun was shining! Seeing the sun brightened all of our days, and allowed for more practice with celestial navigation. As we progress further into our voyage, we are learning more about how to use the sun and stars to navigate. Celestial navigation is wicked cool, but it can be a little tricky when it's rainy and cloudy outside and the sun is nowhere to be seen. Since the sun was visible today,
we practiced taking sun lines with the sextant and calculating our position; the first evening star frenzy captured the early, brightest stars as well. With the sun shining and portholes opened again, allowing us to see blue waves roll past, I'm ready to start sailing to Raiatea, and I'm excited for what the next few weeks will bring.
P.S. Hi Mom, Dad and Angie - I miss you and love you so much! I'm having an incredible time - the stars are amazing, and I've seen a shark and some dolphins! Also, happy birthday, Dad! To Jessa and Manlio, I hope you're having fun in South America and at Bowdoin - I miss both of you so much!
- Brittany Hernandez, A Watch, Bowdoin College