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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
March 13, 2017
Wellington: The Sequel
Queens Wharf, Wellington, NZ
Ship’s Heading & Speed
100% cloud cover, sprinkling on and off
Well, we're back to the city of windy Wellington after 24 hours with some crazy waves. What better way to start off being at port again than cleaning the ship, so we kicked off today with field day. We all swept and scrubbed and scraped our designated areas of the ship until it was shining clean. We then had a fire drill before sitting down to a couple of hours of study hall. Some of us had procrastinated with our projects when we were docked here the first time and promptly forgot how it felt to try and do work when were underway. After remembering how much of a struggle it can be, we were all more inclined to be productive in the time we had today.
One of the electives that students take is called Sense of Place. We examined how people make connections to places and through what experiences and memories they do so. One of our final assignments for the class is choosing a place we feel we have a connection with and writing a personal anecdote about it. Next week, the ship is going to have story hour, and the students who want to share their stories can read them to the whole group.
During study hall, I continued to work on my story, one about my best friend's house in Vermont. The course definitely has sparked conversation throughout the trip as we visit different cities and learn about their histories. Additionally, we all have had a changing relationship with the ship as we've adjusted to a different life style. Our sense of place has changed as we transformed from a varied group of students, all with different nautical experiences, some of us with none, to a group of students who feel confident in our sailing capabilities.
It was also movie night, which means we fit thirty or so people into the main saloon and projected a movie onto a hung sheet. There was popcorn, candy, and hot cocoa. Most of us will be turning in for an early evening, as wake up is 0700, although it's a luxury compared to dawn watch wake up, most of us still function like zombies at that hour. I'm sure we'll adjust to our sleep schedule - eventually?