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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 26, 2014

Time Flies When You’re on a Boat

Alia Payne, A Watch, Macalaster College

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Drew on lookout with blue skies

Ship's Log

Current Position
west of Tikehau

Weather
Amazing clouds in all directions

I always heard that time flies by when you’re on the boat, but somehow I still feel like I’m experiencing every minute as it passes. It took some time to get used to the world rocking around me, but fortunately it already feels so much more normal than I ever could have imagined. I am getting used to leaning hard into the sink and bracing my feet out as I brush my teeth and walking around at night without lights on deck, to repeating commands back with minimal snickering at nautical terminology, and to being sweaty 98% of the time. Fortunately for me, we have some foul tasting (but potable, don’t worry parents) water in the tank at the moment, so we are allowed a little extra shower water to try and empty out the tanks and move onto fresh water from the water makers. I can be clean tonight for about 20 minutes! This is a badly needed cleanup after hauling the heavy rubber galley mats up on deck around 0100 last night and scrubbing them down while trying not to pitch into the rail, then carrying them down to the galley, covered in grime.

Also today I spearheaded a project of packing the huge dock lines into the ‘laz’, or a storage space below the quarter deck. This pretty much consisted of hauling loads of gear onto the deck, pulling up the metal covers below, and laying yards and yards of line tightly into every crevice, crawling back and forth over strange slippery metal spaces and positively dripping sweat. Unfortunately (fortunately?) I hit my toe which I stubbed yesterday and it started bleeding again, so I missed hauling it all back again, and got a break on the beautiful twilight bow watch. At the bow I spotted a boat light far off in the distance, easily mistaken for a rising star! It’s beautiful and exciting to spot another ship so far out from port.

I spent my second day under way as assistant in the galley, so fortunately for me I appear not to be getting seasick and instead had the opportunity to act as mom to my friends, bringing them ginger ale and saltines as they grew accustomed to ship life. So all is well on the Mama Seamans, if not a bit unreal that the experience is finally mine, and not another far off blog writers’.

Much love to the parents in Mongolia or wherever you may be adventuring, to Dylan, to Emma, to my long lost dog, and to whichever of the rest of my friends has somehow found their way around my lack of communication and arrived so generously at this spot. Until then, shower time!

- Alia

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