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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
November 13, 2017
The Scallywaggin’ Begins
36° 50’ 26.4” S x 174° 45’ 52.8” E
Sunny and warm
The first real day aboard the Robert C. Seamans unfurled before us like a jib (definition impending). We woke, we ate, we leapt right into the life of salty doggery that we’ll be living for the next six weeks. We rotated by watches (students divided into teams to both guide and monitor the ship throughout all hours of the day/night), each of which learned a smorgasbord of tasks, including jib furling (the ship’s front-most sail), various science-gear deployment and the nuanced art of deck scrubbing.
The bulk of the morning was spent on a fieldtrip to Takaparawha/Bastion Pt., a piece of land of which the Ngatiwhatua Maori tribe had possession (after highly contentious and lengthy legal battles) until 1991, when they gifted it back to the public. Our tour guide and tribe member, Jamie Cook, showed us around the land, also used as a retirement facility for the surrounding community and housing for the tribe. It was a fascinating foray into the history, and current status, of this tribe, the views of Rangitoto were stunning, and the land itself was both beautiful and welcoming.
A shout out to Emma and the Bahr family, if you’re perusing. Until next time.