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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 24, 2019
23o41’S x 151o44’W
Somewhere extremely windy (I just saw our midnight treats flying from the hutch to the other side of the salon)
I hate waking up. It doesn't matter how hard and long my day is, I always feel that the most difficult moment of any day is when I have to open my eyes and get out of my bed. I really like sleeping and I dread any alarm sound. I am therefore very happy that on our ship I don't have to hear one every day. All beeping, unnerving and alarming sounds are banned (except for the proper alarms, the ones that should alarm you!). This is really
important considering that we all share a relatively small space and we have different sleeping and working schedules. Having alarms would probably mean hearing beeping sounds all the time (i.e. the ultimate nightmare). We get waken up by our shipmates who are on the previous watch and I love it. A typical example could be my wake-up from a couple of days ago: "Ali.Ali (probably repeated more than twice).hi Ali, this is Cecily. It's 3:45 and this is your wake-up for ChUMPing (i.e. dropping high-resolution temperature, salinity and optical backscattering sensors down to 100 m using a fishing reel and reeling them back up). It's not very cold but you probably need a wind-breaker since it's a bit windy. We are also having tea-time at 4:00 if you want to grab a tea and join us". Et voila! Instead of my daily trauma of beeps and trying to figure out where my alarm is and who I am and what I'm doing, I get a friendly voice to remind me why I'm waking up and even what I need to. This is definitely something I will be missing once I step back on land.
- Alice Della Penna, Visiting Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington