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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 18, 2016

The Last Leg

Janet Bering, 1st Assistant Scientist

They don’t call ‘em blue mountains for nothing

Ship's Log

19° 23.5’ N x 76° 02.8’ W

Description of location
East of Haiti

13° True

3.7 knots

Weather / Wind
Force 2 ESE wind

Souls on Board

Yesterday we got the Cramer underway for the last time as C-264. We cast our docklines in Port Antonio and readied ourselves for a 6 day passage to Boca Chica.

As we looked back across our stern, the clouds finally lifted from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica and we were greeted with a breathtaking sight. Each layer of land became a subsequently lighter shade of blue, finally mixing into the yellow of the setting sun at the tippy tops of the mountains. We were so lucky to have a chance to explore a not-quite-as-touristy area of Jamaica and play in the mountains.

This passage won’t be without challenges though. It will be to windward, meaning that each mile to the east that we make will be precious. An added challenge for the students will be that they are now standing as Junior Watch Officers and Junior Lab Officers. They have worked hard over the past five weeks to make this ship their own, and now they get to bring her to the final stop. The staff likes to joke that this is now our week to stand on the quarter deck and drink coffee and relax, but that’s not really how it is. Now we are getting delegated tasks, instead of the other way around! It is truly amazing to stand back and see students who didn’t know a copepod from a halyard just 5 weeks ago maneuver the ship and study the ocean environment around them.

My main hope for the next week is that the students on this trip realize how far they have come and how much they have integrated into shipboard life. Sometimes that is easy to forget with all the distractions of port. We have been to some amazing places and learned so much about them along the way, but for me, it is how we got there that is the important part. Sailing a ship and studying the oceans between each place enriches our experience of the place itself, as it helps us realize how closely connected they are. The ship also required us to come together as a community, with a bond that is often stronger than the distractions of port. Now we have six uninterrupted days to enjoy our community and revel in the things you can only experience out of sight of land.

- Janet

It is still so weird to me that I am first AS. We miss you so much Kelsey and we are sending our love to you and your family. 

Aiden, we miss you too! C watch is not the same without you. Get better and come sailing again soon!

Hi Mom – so excited to see you in Boca Chica in a week and I hope you’re excited to come sailing!!!

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Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by barbara clark on March 21, 2016

hi Janet—can’t wait to see you in Boca Chica!  love mom

#2. Posted by Kelsey Lane on March 23, 2016

Thanks, Jber!!!  You’re such a ROCK star!  Miss y’all tons



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