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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 04, 2017

Valve Day

Madeline Hughes, C Watch, Wellesley College

The Global Ocean

Madeline and Shem on the bowsprit

Ship's Log

Current Position
41°15.5 S x 176°41.4 E

Ship’s Heading & Speed
225° at 6.8 knots

Cloudy, wind 2-3 knots

Souls on Board

Periodically throughout the day the watch schedule must be checked in order to know where you are to report ten minutes before your allotted shift.

Deck, Lab, Engineer, the dreaded Dish, or the once in a blue moon blessing from above (Sabrina) Steward.

My number fell under engineering on Thursday. 22 report to Clare. That’s me reporting to Clare for whatever the engine room may hold for me. When my mate and scientist learned I’d be in engineering they immediately made ooos and ahhhs of how lucky I was; Thursday is valve day.

Don’t worry, I didn’t know what valve day was either, but I learned quickly and was pleased with what I found.  Each day of the week Clare, the assistant engineer, has different preemptive maintainence tasks that she performs to keep the ship running smoothly. There are over 40 valves aboard the Bobby C. and they must be exercised (turned off and on three times) each Thursday so that they don’t become stiff and stuck the next time we need to turn them.

Certain valves live closed while others live open. Accessibility status is determined by what would be most helpful during a time of crisis. For instance the valves that allow water to flow to the fire hose remains ajar 24/7; rest easy parents, S-271 has only practiced spraying into the ocean, not on flames.

To my surprise valves can be found in many more places than just the engine room, including but not limited to: the library, behind the dishwasher, under Anna’s and Rose’s beds, and in the cookie cabinet. All in all it was an interesting experience seeing the intricacies of the boat. Plus I got to push buttons in the control room, which I’ve been dying to do since day 1.

There’s a universal feeling of excitement for arriving in Wellington. It dawned on me earlier that these 12 days at sea are probably the most peace and quiet my parents have gotten in 21 years. Miss you guys big and don’t worry, I’ll be calling daily again soon xoxoxoxo

- Madeline

P.S.  family facetime date in 2 days; mark your calendar

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