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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

February 24, 2016

Sun-kissed and Salty

Anna Poholek, B Watch, Pasco-Hernando State College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

The majestic Robert C. Seamans just chilling at anchor as we came back from our adventures in town.

Ship's Log

35° 15.91’ S x 174° 06.99’ E

Currently at Anchor

Beautiful blue skies with cloud coverage and a slight breeze.

Souls on Board

A day on the Robert C. Seamans is never short of something unbelievable. At the stroke of 0030, I was woken for the late night watch. I slowly rolled out of bed, trying my best to get my clothes on in the dark. With harness in hand, I headed up to the quarterdeck to read the night orders and get in the zone for B watch’s responsibilities. I started out with the hourly boat check, going all through the boat, trying to keep the clinking of my harness quiet seeing as almost everybody was asleep.

Crawling through the engine room and trying to keep balance while the ship is rocking hard is quite an interesting challenge. I was then able to switch to bow watch, my favorite part of deck watch because it’s just me, the moon, ocean, and boat. I was so lucky and fortunate to see dolphins for the second time on bow watch!!! There were about ten of them, just riding in the wake of the boat, so close I could almost touch them. The moon gives just the right amount of light to illuminate the sides of their bodies as they jump through the water. It’s really something special. I like to think that they came due to my wonderful whistling skills….you have to entertain yourself somehow while being the lookout.

After a glorious nap, I walked up on deck and behold, land! We had anchored in Russell and were itching to get some time on land. But first, we were lucky enough to have some outrageous curry, cooked up by the wonderful Sarah and Stacie. As a side note, the food on this ship is some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s so good, it’s almost too good.  After the all hands meeting, we boarded our little rescue boats and went into town. A bunch of us went to the beach and had the best time. Stacie, Leland, Tim, and I were all bodysurfing through the waves for a seemingly endless amount of time.

Our surroundings appear to be things you could only dream or read about. It’s so crazy; it’s hard to decide where to look. We eventually walked back into town, all sun-kissed and salty, and went into this nifty little chocolate shop. We all got a piece of chocolate so we could access their WiFi and make contact with our loved ones. I was so ecstatic to be able to talk to my parents and tell them everything that I could fit into such a quick little conversation. We got back to our boat at 1800 and had another amazing dinner, of course. Now, everybody is just enjoying the sunset and taking in this whole experience. I have to keep telling myself this is real; that I’m really on a huge boat in the Pacific Ocean, sailing around New Zealand.

Quick little side note: Hello family! I’m sending all my love vibes your way! XO

- Anna

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s264  port stops  new zealand  megafauna • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Marianne Poholek on February 25, 2016

Great article Anna! I can just picture you and the dolphins. I’m sure that all of you must have to pinch yourselves to know that this is really happening!
Remember all the sights, smells, and experiences. After all, you’ll be telling your grandchildren about this trip someday!

Love you always and even from across the world!
Your fellow moon watcher!



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