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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 31, 2014

The Infamous Line Chase

Kate Enright, C Watch, Wesleyan University


Juan standing bow watch, looking at the most beautiful sunset last night.

Ship's Log

Current Position
14° 05.6’ S x 146° 10.5’ W

Course & Speed
NEx E, 5 knots

Sail Plan
Motorsailing under the four lowers: the jib, two staysails, and a shallow reefed mainsail.

A clear and relatively calm day with a few squall bands.

It’s great to have a clean ship and to be underway again, and with Lily here, everything feels more complete and together. Every day I realize more and more the amazing reality of life aboard the ship: although compartmentalized into watches, tasks, standing orders and projects, the sum of our efforts is incredible. Here we are, moving in our floating home across the biggest, bluest ocean I have ever seen! Sometimes I look over during a task and just feel so lucky to live in the most strikingly beautiful place right now (see picture of last night’s crazy sunset for proof).

Today, the schedule for our class time includes the infamous line chase (every day at 1430, all watches meet for announcements and class). Jerelle and I spent some lovely downtime this morning sitting in the main salon, quizzing each other with her homemade flashcards of the names and locations all the lines on the ship. Although this gave us both a lot more confidence, I am still a little nervous, mostly because I don’t know yet how 19 students can possibly competitively move around the ship, up ladders and through small passageways between parts of the deck, without all crushing each other as the ship continues to gently roll. However, I feel as ready as I can be, and I have a great team (go Cutie Watch!).

Today was also my day to spend time in the engine room, learning from and trying to be helpful to our two engineers. Elmo, our Assistant Engineer, explained the ship’s refrigeration, or “reefer” system to me in detail, and we also went over the basic parts and processes of the ship’s water makers, diesel engine, and sewage system. Elmo also helped me start thinking about our new engineering assignment, where groups will diagram and present different engineering systems of the ship to the class. My group and I are focusing on what would happen if the ship lost power, either if both generators failed and we had to use our alternate generator, or, more dramatically, if we lost all generators! I learned that overall the ship would be a very, very different place without electricity, “more rustic,” as my Dad would say, but we could probably come up with some interesting ways to keep safe, make clean water, etc.

Tomorrow I am on dawn watch, and afterward I am going to try to do some laundry on deck, so I am hoping for more clear skies! Mom, Julia, Dad, Elle-belle and Maile, I hope you all are also having clear skies and are all doing well, I love and miss you all very much and I am trying to take lots of pictures to show you everything that happens here. 

- Kate

To my friends, I love and miss you guys; I am looking at the stars and thinking of you. Don’t forget to rabbit rabbit!

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIENNA/NOONY! If you are reading this, I hope you have a crazy day tomorrow down there in kiwiland, I miss you so much and hope you are doing well!

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