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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 15, 2019
34°28.1’S x 164°27.1’W (1600 heading due to busy field day)
South Pacific Ocean, Western Hemisphere
Hello from somewhere in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean! We are at about the halfway point, and wow we are so busy! Our little world onboard the Robert C Seaman’s is always moving (in all ways imaginable). Students are busy with projects, crew are busy teaching (and with their own projects), and everyone is always busy learning. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we are actually just a tiny dot out here in the big blue. I am grateful to my shipmates who are able to keep bringing that back into perspective. On more than one occasion, Embla, my fellow B-watcher, has stopped me in my tracks just to say: “We are just out here! All of us, on this moving platform, in the middle of the ocean!” I’m a long way from my home in the Colorado mountains, that’s for sure, but I don’t mind at all. I love it out here.
Our big project the last two days has been taking down the old tops’l and putting up the new one. Sound simple? It’s not. Pulling a giant sail, 3/4 of the way up a 100-foot mast is complicated enough without the world rocking below you. But we are out here on ‘this moving platform’ and there is no one but us here to do it. So up we went. I wasn’t involved with removing the old tops’l so I can’t comment on the specifics of that, but I’m sure it was just as complicated as the part I was involved with so kudos to my shipmates for getting that done. My job was to tie the robands (lashings to hold the top of the sail onto the yard) so that the sail can hold itself up without the help of the extra lines used to hall it up. I spent a total of maybe four hours up there? Time doesn’t seem to pass normally up there so I can’t say for sure. Thanks to the mates for all of their help up there! It was so great to learn from you all.
Today the tops’l was flying, after two days of hard work that was nice to see. I was lucky to sneak a peek at it during one of my breaks from deep in the belly of the ship. I have been spending a lot of time in the engine room and forward machinery space learning what it takes to be an engineer here. Thanks Amber and Claire for making that a possibility. I have oh-so much to learn down there. While I was cleaning a filter from a saltwater pump, the rest of the ship’s company was partaking in our second field day. Fueled by 3rd Scientist Erin’s pump up of rambunctious eggplant dancing and music, our ship is clean again.
“We’re just here. We’re together, and that’s it.” Also a quote from Embla
- Krista Norris, B-Watch