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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

May 29, 2016

Sweeeeet Carolineeee. . .Bum Bum Buuuum (que music)

Johann Vollrath, American Samoa Community College

Pacific Reef Expedition

Ship's Log

Noon position
11° 19.1’ S x 149° 32.3’W

74nm south of the Caroline Islands

Ship heading

Ship speed
2.7 kts

C/O 325 PSC, C/S 325 PSC

Taffrail Log

Weather / Sail Plan
Motor Sailing on a port tack under the four lowers and a single reef on the main. Main Engine turning 1350 RPM. Winds WxN F 1-2. Visibility 8nm with light squalls in the area.

Souls on Board

This entire journey so far has been such a blast. First off, I have been getting used to our watch schedules which are used to determine who will be up for every part of the day. From our watches I have learned that I am sleeping way too much at home then i should be. I get so much work done before the sun starts to rise over the horizon. Our steward is also such an awesome cook. I eat just as well as i do at home, and she surprises us each night.

Today I had watch from 0700 to 1300. My next watch is begins at 0100 tomorrow morning and ends at 0700. We are expected to arrive in the Caroline Islands sometime early tomorrow morning during my watch. This means i might get to yell “Land Ho!!!!!!” This afternoon I got to launch the Neuston Tow, Phytoplankton net, and Hydrocast. It was really fun sorting through the piles of copepods and the other hundreds of thousands of zooplankton we pulled out of the water. Also today we caught our first fish! It was a skipjack and it was tasty I got the first slice of it minutes after we brought it on board. Was bloody, fresh and delicious.

Sailing onboard Robert C. Seamans feels great. I’m very comfortable and I’m just very happy and excited to learn more. Everyone on the ship has their own personality, and i enjoy the company of every single one of them. Onboard it feels like we have our own little community. Everyone has a purpose, 24 hours a day. On the ship there’s always someone awake, and everyone is always working. We all do science of course, but it’s so much more than doing science. We’re washing dishes, cooking for two seating’s, we’re doing boat checks that include checking the engine room that has many gauges and gets up to 100 degrees. Every time i come out of the engine room I am soaked in sweat. We also brush and mop the sole (floor) of the ship from end to end every day, and clean the heads (bathrooms) as well every day. Then we’re hauling sails until our blisters get blisters. But the smiles on our faces only get bigger! Everyone on the ship works very well together and things go very smoothly. I just love this little community that i wouldn't mind calling my second family.

Soon after writing this I will be preparing to go on watch from 0100 to 0700. Sometime in my near future i will be screaming at the top of my lungs “LAND HOOOOO!” after sighting the Caroline Islands and immediately begin singing “Sweeeet Carolineeee Bum bum buuuuum. . .” I can’t wait to get in the water again and explore what the waters Caroline has to offer.

Best wishes,

American Samoa Community College

Birthday shout out to my sisters Rinna and Tammy. Be good and stay safe! Have a great time! And early congrats to my brother Patrick who will be graduating from High School soon. I love and miss you all. Have a great time! I can’t wait to see you!

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Pacific Reef Expedition, • Topics: s267  life at sea • (9) Comments


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#1. Posted by Roberta Lee on May 31, 2016

So glad you’re well taken care of and enjoying yourself.. Doing what you love the most.. God Bless you and Team and be the light thru your journey son.. We miss you so much and are thankful you are with your second family.. Take good care.. Praying for your safe return home.. Love you tons n more proud.. Hugs and much alofas, aunty from Apia, Samoa

#2. Posted by Ziggy Vollrath on May 31, 2016

Have a blast Johann.

#3. Posted by Pam Pica on May 31, 2016

Wow!  I can feel your enthusiasm and excitement through your writing. I hope everyone is having an experience similar to yours.  Wishing all of you safety and fun as you encounter your next venture. Please give a group hug to Alex from his proud mom. xoxo

#4. Posted by Lynn and Jim Musgrave on May 31, 2016

Love reading the updates from the students and crew!  Sounds like the steward is keeping everyone happy with the great cooking!  Thank you for the updates.  Aloha to all.

#5. Posted by Liana on June 01, 2016

Of course you just had to titled this with an oldie, I am not surprised!  Glad that you’re enjoying yourself, and we all can’t wait to hear about your adventures with the crew!

#6. Posted by Daphne Cannon on June 01, 2016

Glad to hear from everyone. Sound like you all are very busy. Just wandering what a skip jack taste like. Tell Heather we all said hello and we love her!

#7. Posted by Charlene on June 01, 2016

Why Hello there Johann, I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of you.  Please sail safe, and let me know how you enjoy being a sailor, sailor smile 

#8. Posted by Pora Letuli-Nanai on June 02, 2016

Just read your update and I’m so proud of you as I’m sure your parents are. What an awesome way to spend abroad doing something you love and just exploring new lands from the real down under…I’m so scared of the deep sea just from watching Jaws so much as a youngster lol still to this day don’t do the cast waters much but you you inspire me…keep up the good work and the continuous adventures…we Love u from your seattle supporters…Have Fun    

#9. Posted by Valasi Lam Yuen-Apulu on June 02, 2016

Hi Johann! Wow! I am so proud of your accomplishments. Have fun and be safe.

Ms. Valasi



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