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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

September 29, 2016

Safety at Sea

Giselle Hart, A Watch, University of New Hampshire


Nolan on the small boat fall. Photo by Emily Chang.

Ship's Log

Current Position
14° 16.3’ S x 1704° 40.7’ W

Pago Pago Harbor

Ship’s Heading & Speed
0.0 kts, at anchor

partly cloudy, strong winds and heavy rain in the morning

Souls on Board

It doesn’t take long to adjust to this. Not with the speed at which our schedule moves. The past few days have been packed with training to prepare students to be as useful as possible once the ship is underway—man overboard drills, boat checks, practice science deployments, line handling safety. There is so much for us to learn in order to be of use once we are out at sea.

In many ways, sailing tall ships is like a dance, it’s so well-choreographed. We had all hands on for our launch out of Pago Pago Harbor, our first launch of the trip. Lots of hands made for light work so a few of us stood by and watched the dance unfold. It was so elegant. It felt like Christmas morning as we anxiously waited for the starboard side of Seamans to glide away from the dock for our first outward bound.

We anchored in harbor to practice safety drills in the event of fire, man overboard, or abandon ship. It’s serious stuff. Captain Jay pointed out that going to sea is inherently a dangerous activity. What makes it safe is that we do it with intent. The ship fluctuates from seeming massive to very small. As we slowly become more familiar with Mamma Seamans’ many storage compartments or as we watch a shipmate steering at the helm for the first time (way to go Clare!), the vessel seems like a bulky behemoth in the water. But when the entire ships company is squeezing onto the quarterdeck or when we talk about protocol in an abandon ship situation, I am reminded that indeed we cannot live in the ocean, and Mamma Seamans is our small yet sturdy home as we cross Big Blue.

Jake says Happy Birthday Mom!

That’s all for today.
Love is all,


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