Ready for an adventure with a purpose? Request info »
  • Search SEA Semester, Summer and High School Programs

Current position of the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers. Dates and times use GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

July 10, 2017

S-274 Gets Underway

Cheryl Bube, Lab Hand

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Third Mate/Bosun Adrienne and I on the foremast during aloft training overlooking Pago Pago Harbor

Ship's Log

Current Position
13° 34.155’ S x 170° 25.186’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
000 degrees (North) at 7 kts

Sail Plan
Four Lower sails set

Clear night skies for excellent stargazing and a cool evening breeze

Souls on Board

It has been an eventful first day here on the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Morning activities for student participants were filled with an enlightening and refreshing walking tour to the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center in Pago Pago, American Samoa. During our visit, our crew had the unique opportunity to speak personally with Fisheries Observer and Biologist, Michael Marsik, from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Tuna canneries on the island of Tutuila provide many jobs for American Samoans, so it was invaluable that Marsik could provide us with excellent background information on local tuna fishing methods and regulations.

On our way to the ocean center, our crew stopped to observe a few enormous container ships that came into port today carrying commercial goods throughout the Pacific. We also saw local fishermen repairing huge purse seine tuna nets, piled as high as a house! This gave us great perspective on the actual scale of these very large tuna fishing operations.

After our trip, preparations began to get our ship underway for the Phoenix Islands. From manning dock lines to readying the engine to securing our dry store reserves of food below decks, all of our crew’s hard work paid off greatly to see the SSV Robert C. Seamans underway and majestically under sail, with the lush tropical Islands of American Samoa behind us.

Currently, we’re underway beneath a beautiful full moon and a night sky full of stars. With good wind and sea conditions, we should reach the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in about one week. We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to explore and scientifically investigate PIPA’s ocean wilderness, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is home to some of the most pristine, healthy, biologically diverse, and oldest coral atolls in the world. Stay tuned for the first deployments of our oceanographic sampling equipment tomorrow, and to read about our crew’s many adventures and cultural experiences to come. On a personal note: happy early anniversary, Geoff, and birthday, Stephen! smile Wish us fair winds and calm seas.

- Cheryl 

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Protecting the Phoenix Islands, • Topics: s274  sailing  port stops  american samoa • (3) Comments
Previous entry: Shore-side Orientation    Next entry: Finding Our Sea Legs


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Talia on July 12, 2017

I want to see pictures of the starry night out there:)
Enjoy every second of the open sea. I love you! Counting down the days until we can talk again.

#2. Posted by Erin on July 14, 2017

So very great to hear about what you are doing Cheryl!  Sounds like an amazing and educational adventure you have in store!  Looking forward to following your blogs!!  Keep up the great work.  Be safe, have fun and sail on!! 
Love you,
P.s.:  I would love to see photos!! smile

#3. Posted by Michelle on July 16, 2017


This sounds like an amazing experience!  I look forward to reading more about your experience.

Take care,




Add a comment:

Notify me of follow-­up comments?

I would like SEA to keep me informed about news and opportunities.