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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

July 08, 2018

The student blogs begin!

Brian Desrosiers, C Watch, Northeastern University


Beginning of the sunrise obscured by some cloud cover. Photo by Brian Desrosiers

Ship's Log

Current Position
16° 37.117’ N 160° 08.678’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
200° @ 6.60 kn

Mostly sunny with clouds along the horizon

Souls on board

Hello all!

Brian Desrosiers here to kick off our student-written blog posts. Currently, we are three days underway and are making great time. Adjusting to life at sea has been a cumbersome task. Irregular sleep patterns, only seeing water as far as the eye can see, and sea sickness are all things that we have to get used to. Luckily for me, I seem to have escaped the sea sickness curse (no medication necessary) and have won the price of a Dunkin iced coffee in the process, thanks Makaila. Unfortunately, others have not been so lucky and are continuing in "making their donations to Poseidon". As we sail towards the Phoenix Islands, a wealth of knowledge is being transferred from brilliant minds to us, the students. At times it can seem overwhelming and the thought of getting a few hours sleep, even if it's in the middle of the day, is what seems like the only thing that keeps us moving. However, we all know how amazing and unique this experience is and take every task and hardship with a smile and an optimistic mindset longing for the day when we finally get to see one of Earth's last undisturbed marine habitats.

Last night was my first dawn watch taking place from 01:00 to 07:00. This has been by far my favorite experience thus far. After being woken up at the earliest hours of the morning, we headed on deck to survey the scene and take over from the night watch. What we saw was incredible. Looking up at the night sky felt like I was dreaming. Having spent the majority of my last few years living in the beautiful city of Boston, being able to see the stars encompass the whole night sky only ending at the horizon was breathtaking. The Milky Way, stars, and planets that I had never seen before faintly lit up the deck and a sudden peacefulness fell over me as I looked out at the waves gently rolling across the seascape. I felt like this is exactly where I am supposed to be. However, the coolest part wasn't what you saw when you looked up; it was when you looked down. In the wake of the Robert C. Seamans was thousands of bioluminescent plankton. The sea seemed to sparkle almost as much as the sky. This is a phenomenon that I have only heard about and I cannot put into words how beautiful it looked. As the watch came to an end, we were treated to the faint glow of the sun on the horizon and the relief of the next watch. As C watch descended below to grab a quick breakfast before collapsing in bed, we took a brief moment to think and talk about how truly lucky we are to have this experience and how much we are looking forward to continuing this adventure.

It is currently 16:20 and I have a long night watch ahead of me so I need to go try and steal a few hours of sleep. I look forward to you all following along with our adventure and am excited for you to here from the perspectives of other students. If I'm lucky, I'll be able to write more blogs to share my experiences! Best wishes to everyone in the outside world and we will all see you soon!

Brian Desrosiers, C Watch, Northeastern University

Shoutouts: To my loved ones; I miss you all incredibly. Mom and Dad, don't worry about me, I am having a wicked good time and am making smart and safe decisions as you always tell me to. To my brother Peter: good luck at starting your first "real" job and sleep easy knowing that while you're beginning the rest of your life I am out here having the experience of a lifetime. Finally, to my girlfriend Melanie: I miss you incredibly and hope
that you love your new co-op! I look forward to hearing about your trip to Europe and can't wait to talk to you again 37 short days. Don't forget the weekly challenges! I love you. I love all of you.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Protecting the Phoenix Islands, • Topics: s281  pipa • (1) Comments


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#1. Posted by Jean on July 11, 2018




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