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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
February 22, 2018
We are on our way!
36°03.65’ S x 176°41.75’E
Ship’s Heading & Speed
It was mostly sunny today with some cumulus clouds (6/8) and winds coming from WxN at 15 knots. Also getting a little chilly at 22°C
Today was our first full day at sea for the longest leg of our journey from the Bay of Islands down to Wellington. It was an action-packed day full of SO MUCH SCIENCE. We deployed the first CTD, a Secchi Disk, a hydrocast carousel, conducted a surface station, the one-meter net, and the Neuston net. In order to conduct these activities we had to significantly slow the boat down, we had to heave to. After all the work we've done to get the boat sailing in the right direction, it will have to be reversed so that the boat is moving slow enough to conduct the tests. We did a series of gybing to go against the wind so that the boat was moving about 1 to 2 knots. Once the boat was going the correct speed, B-Watch conducted all of these scientific tests on the ocean around us. The results aren't 100% known yet, but we did collect a bunch of little critters.
After the science deployments were over, everyone mustered on the quarter deck for our regular 2:00 pm class. We heard some lovely presentations about where to find data conducted on past SEA trips and about where all the tanks are on board. Following that, we simulated a fire in the galley and responded with our assigned positions. A-Watch is in charge of the fire hoses, B-Watch manages the sails, and C-Watch checks the ventilation, as well as some other things. I am responsible for making sure everyone on the stern lifeboat is present and accounted for. We also have Duncan on lookout and Claudia at the helm; everyone goes around to all the points of ventilation and closes the ones that are feeding the fire. We successfully put out the imaginary fire with the ship still intact and entire crew still with us. Most people got to leave and do their own things, but C-Watch still had many hours left on our watch.
My day involved a lot of cleaning. I was assigned to dishes, so anytime there was a meal or snack, it was I who was cleaning all the dishes. This requires scrubbing down all the dishes used, and there are so many dishes. Then running them through the sanitizer for a more thorough clean. One of my favorites is having to reach down through the dirty water to grab the food scraps clogging the drain with my bare hands. Sounds glamorous, right? But we work as a team on this boat and everyone at some point will do the dirty and gross jobs. There are definitely jobs on the boat that are more enjoyable and feel important, but in reality all the responsibilities assigned on the Seamans are vital and the boat would not function without all the nitty gritty jobs.
We are one day in on our long leg with 13 more action filled days yet to come.
- Hannah Locke, C Watch, Eckerd College