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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 19, 2018

Robert C Seamans, population 34

Brooke Butterfield, B Watch, University of South Carolina

Oceans & Climate

The gang's all here.

Ship's Log

Current Position
34° 57.7’ S x 160° 25.3’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
010 per ship’s compass at 2ish knots

Sail Plan
The Two Stays’ls

A stunning sunny day upwards of 20 °C

Souls on Board

Weeks before we left the shore component to begin our journey through the South Pacific, our Captain and Professor Jay Amster instilled a motto upon us: "Ship, Shipmates, Self."  This saying was, and still is, supposed to guide us in a way of life different from the usual.  The goal behind this is to put the ship first, then your shipmates, and yourself last.  At first, I think every single student that boarded the Seamans questioned why we would put anything other than ourselves first.  As college students, we are used to having to be in charge of our own well-being. Three weeks into our voyage, I actually understand why we exist with our priorities in this order and every day that I spend on this boat, the motto becomes even more apparent.  Obviously, being in the middle of the ocean, keeping the boat functioning is our top priority.  It is our home and we can't live in the ocean.  The premise behind the rest of the saying is, if you look out for and takes care of your shipmates, you won't have to worry about taking care of yourself because 33 other people will already be doing that for you. I'll admit I was skeptical at first.  I can confirm now that I wouldn't have it any other way.  These 33 people have looked out for and cared for me in an indescribable way, and I am infinitely thankful for each and every single one of them.  So, for my blog post, I decided that you should get to know who's who on the Robert C  Seamans.

Captain Jay is strong, committed, funny, and a leader. He's the heart of our community, a great captain, and someone I will always look up to.

Chief Scientist Dr. Deb is well traveled, read and the most knowledgeable person I've ever met.  She's incredibly accomplished and everyone here admires her intelligence and witty spirit.

1st Mate Snark is a giant goofball and great watch leader.  He's great at helping us learn and grow while having fun and keeping spirits high.

2nd Mate Tristan is so thoughtful, patient and loving.  They always have a smile on their face, answer my thousands of questions with no reluctance and are constantly looking out to make sure everyone is doing their best.

3rd Mate Mike is very talented, easy to talk to, and humble.  He is crazy smart, funny, and wonderful company.

1st Scientist Farley is genuine, smart and witty.  He doesn't take any of our bull***t and keeps us on our toes in the best way possible.

2nd Scientist Erin is an absolute badass and has it all.  She is strong, passionate, beautiful, and caring.

3rd Scientist Allison is happy, energetic and encouraging.  She is awesome to be around, her energy and encouragement spreads like wildfire.

Steward Lauren is caring and the best cook ever.  She keeps everyone's bellies and their souls happy.

Asst. Steward Natalie is silly and friendly.  She is so nice to everyone and is a great conversationalist.

Doug is knowledgeable and helpful.  He always lends a hand when you need one.

Engineer Henry is an onion.  He's quiet on the outside but once you start peeling back the layers, he is so fun and has the best stories.

Engineer Shana is a giant ray of sunshine.  She is one of the sweetest people ever and always offers comfort when you need it.

Sarah is one of the most energetic people ever. Somehow she does 110 lunges a day and still offers to help set sails in her free time.

Melia is a quiet storm.  Sometimes she's quiet but she knows so much and is a whiz on deck and in lab.

Olivia is a hard worker.  She is always doing everything that is asked of her and I've never heard her complain.  I'm lucky that she's on my watch.

Kyler always makes me laugh, does good impressions.  I've never met anyone who loves birds so much.

Haley is crazy in the best way possible.  She is always full of energy and ready to crack jokes, do navigation and everything in-between.

Kat is a firecracker.  She is incredibly witty and always spices up my day when I need it.

Lorena is a fighter.  She's out of her element because English is her second language but is always giving her best effort and smiling anyways.

Justin knows all the memes and has a joke for literally every circumstance. He cracks me up.

Ella is sweet and a wonderful friend.  She always gives me hugs, listens to my woes and lifts me up when I'm down.

Lila is everything. She always has a positive attitude, knows all the plankton, and is a fantastic singer.

Phoebe is one of the best people I've ever met.  She knows me so well and is constantly doing things for other people without being asked.

Brittany is so funny and laughs like nobody's business.  She has given me some of the best laughs I've ever had.

Will is awesome.  He tells great stories, knows all the lyrics to every song, and is so goofy in the best way.

Maggie is quiet at first but so smart, loving and thoughtful.  Just being in her presence brings me calm and happiness.

Alexis is strong and passionate.  She loves to help haul lines and loves to talk about what she thinks is fascinating.

Emily is wholesome and cheerful.  She just wants to see everyone be their best self and always turns a negative situation positive.

Ashley is bright and loving.  She's always smiling and encouraging everyone else.  She also knows exactly what she wants to do which is kind of crazy in an awesome way.

Rachel is clever and brainy.  She's always surprising everyone by letting out awesome new facts about herself.

Colin is hard working and down to earth.  He always puts his best foot forward and tries his best. He is relatable in a lot of ways and a friend to everyone on the ship.

Noa is very eloquent and refreshingly honest.  She's smart, aware and tells it like it is.

Brooke (written by Will) is a shining beacon of positivity for everyone on the ship. She manages to be friendly, cheerful, and kind from the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes to sleep, and she brightens her shipmates' days with her goofy energy.

Right now, the closest body of land is nearly 1000 nautical miles away.  It is entirely possible that the closest living people to the Robert C Seamans are at the International Space Station (we're still in the midst of confirming that). The point is, I absolutely love the wonderful people on this boat and I wouldn't want to be in the middle of the ocean with anyone else.

- Brooke

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s278  study abroad • (2) Comments


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#1. Posted by Sally Cedarholm on April 23, 2018

Brooke- Thanks for your introduction to everyone onboard. Feel as though we have just a little more insight into life on the Robert C. Seaman. If we all could apply the Ship, Shipmates, Self philosophy to the environment, our world would be in a healthier place. Sally - Ella’s Mom

#2. Posted by Melinda Butterfield on April 25, 2018

Hi Brooke!  We are glad you are loving your home at sea with your mates.  We miss you a lot but are so glad You are having such an amazing time and learning so many wonderful things. Speaking of homes, our house is going on the market tomorrow. We thought you’d like to see the pictures.
Love you super mucho, XoxoMom



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