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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
November 24, 2016
30°21.8’S x 179°11.4’E
Ship’s Heading & Speed
133° at 6.4 kts
Main, main stays’l, fore stays’l and jib are up and we are headed to Kermadec Islands
22.3° C, NE winds of about 4 kts and ExN seas of 4 ft. Sky is mostly clear with scattered cumulostratus clouds
We do everything a little differently on the Brigantine. We box the compass and shoot celestial bodies. We count the swells and name the clouds. We learn to walk on rocking surfaces and eat on swaying tables. Cardinal directions are our best friends and every hour is accounted for. I guess things have to be done differently when we are floating across the Pacific ocean in a 134 ft vessel. Don’t even get me started on the language - we have the bow ahead of us and the stern behind, we go to the port side when we are on left side of the ship and starboard for right, we walk on soles and when nature calls, we use the heads – it’s peculiarly beautiful.
Today was Thanksgiving but it came a little early because we are nearing the eastern edge of the world. Since we are on a ship, we do many things differently. We not only had an all hands turkey dinner (everybody eating at the same time) but we also had a swizzle (a party!!). The three watches live on perpetually different schedules so the rare occasions that bring everyone together are very special. As an international student very recently introduced to Thanksgiving, I find the holiday’s sentiments very heartwarming. And following the American tradition, I would like to take this moment to express how truly thankful I am for this experience and every single person around me. The warm food from the galley, in-person wake up calls, conversations on the deck, sense of community, vast skies above me and endless sea below; nothing gets better than this. In the 5 years of being away from home, nothing has felt closer to home than Robert C. Seamans does.
S-270 wishes you all a very happy Thanksgiving. Until next time, we will be here, hauling and heaving our sails across the Pacific.
P.S. assurance to mamu, baba & baini I am doing great! Happy Birthday to Nikesh & love to all my people.