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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
July 09, 2017
Alongside the dock, Pago Pago, American Samoa
Ship’s Heading & Speed
Alongside the dock
All sails furled
Sunny and warm with a passing shower
Class S-274 has spent the past couple days learning about their new home, the beautiful ship SSV Robert C. Seamans. During this shore-side orientation in American Samoa, students have learned about aloft safety, science operations, cleaning routines, boat checks, sail handling, line safety, meal routines, and a host of other important things that will set them up for success when we leave the dock tomorrow afternoon.
One of the favorite learning activities so far seems to have been the headrig training, in which a watch (8 students) goes out onto the bowsprit netting at the front of Robert C. Seamans to furl sail. They stand on a safety net, but then there is nothing but air beneath their feet to the ocean 18 feet below. After the training session, in which the students learned how to wear their harnesses and how to clip in to the safety wire when working on the headrig, several students requested to go hang out in the rig for their free time. Gladly, since they were trained, we could say yes!
Aside from our orientation to the ship, we also had the chance to take a field trip to the north shore of American Samoa to check out some beautiful tide pools and do a bit of swimming. Lucky for us, the tide was low enough for people to scramble into the tidepools and get some time to relax, before returning to the ship for more training!
We set sail tomorrow afternoon - look for more blog entries (mostly) daily as we head north. We hope you enjoy following along on voyage S-274, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, with our crew of 38 souls aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans.