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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

November 25, 2017

Useful Tip: It’s All About the Wide Stance

Kimberly Kusminsky, C Watch, Eckerd College

The Global Ocean

Muriwai gannet colony from our time back in Auckland (that lone rock is covered in birds!!!)

Ship's Log

Current Position
31° 33.3’ S x 178° 40.9’ W

Course & Speed
Course Ordered & Steered: 030, sailing at 2.9 knots (we’re pinching)

Sail Plan
Continuing North to Raoul

Sunny, Windy, and Swelly  

Souls on Board

As I write this, the Seamans is sailing over thousands of meters of water!!! S-276 is extremely fortunate to be sailing over the Kermadec Ridge on our journey northward to Raoul. Our constantly sounding CHIRP instrument (which is pretty annoying) has been gathering data on the bathymetry (topography for the layman) of the ocean floor beneath us. So far we've sailed over some sea mountains and the saddle (the highest point) of the Kermadec Ridge which then drops to over 10,000 meters deep at its lowest point!!

Thousands of meters up at the surface, all 33 of us were keeping busy for our first Field Day!! Here on the Seamans, chores are a daily task carried out by morning watch. These chores include, but are not limited to: cleaning the heads, scrubbing the showers, and wiping all the goo out of the drains - mmmm. Once a week, however, we do a DEEP cleaning of the ship and all her nooks and crannies. Some of the tasks include removing and cleaning every seat cushion on board, gutting and cleaning all of the shelves, and my personal favorite, cleaning the toilet bowl brushes with a toothbrush, which I had the honor of doing? This might not sound very fun or glamorous, but the incentive being that we are permitted to blast music for a few hours (our only time to do so) on the ship.

Today also marks our second full week aboard the Seamans. Time at sea, punctuated by a strange sleep schedule, is like a vortex, and we often forget how long we've been out here≈some days it feels like two weeks, others two months. On land, each day ends with a good night's sleep, but here our time is fragmented by precious naps, only waking for food or to stand watch for six hour increments. Though it feels like free time is always fleeting, I speak for everyone when I say there have been plenty of special moments and memorable firsts so far. Among my favorites has been waking up for dawn watch one morning to a brightly burning Crux (the Southern Cross constellation) outside my porthole window. I began my watch at the helm, using the stars to guide my course. I've never seen a night sky so full of stars like I have on this particular dawn watch. Singing "Southern Cross" by Crosby, Stills & Nash with Eva a thousand times over couldn't prepare me for such a moment.  

To my loving and generous parents: we've been so incredibly busy (also I forgot to charge my phone) so I'm sorry I haven't called at port. I've been thinking of you a lot, but not too much to distract me from this incredible experience you've provided me, Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope the Cowboys won Dad!! Also: HEY EVA!!!!!! Will says hi !

Much love,


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