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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 13, 2019

Windy Welly!

Anna Merrens, B Watch, Skidmore College


Some of S-284’s finest, post-summit of the arduous Mount Victoria.

Ship's Log

Current Position
41˚17.325’S x 174˚46.820’E

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Anchored in Wellington

The winds are NNW, force 5. There is 7/8ths of clouds, cumulus. 1013.3 millibars. 21 C. Seas are blowing from the North and are less than 1 foot.

Souls on board

Today was our first day ashore getting to explore windy Welly.  Today also marked the first shore day where we were given 2200 as the time to return to the ship.  In previous ports everyone was given a call back time of around 1800 for dinner and watch cycles, so the extra four hours allowed for a very full day of adventuring.

After having had a few overcast days at sea that limited our ability to wash and dry clothing, a few of my fellow shipmates and I decided to make a laundromat our first stop of our day.  Farhan, Jaclyn, Kevin, and I all did our laundry together with times during loads spent at cute cafes enjoying coffee, tea, and breakfast goodies. After our laundry was done we returned to the ship to drop off our clothes and continue on.

Our next adventure was hiking Mount Victoria for a chance at a view of the harbor and city. On our way, up we met Katey and Caleb and enjoyed the top, as well as the hike down, with them.  It was so great to get off pavement and onto a wooded trail network to stretch our legs.

Later, Farhan, Jaclyn, and I went on an evening walk which became an evening hike, very similar to the one earlier.  We initially wanted to take a short walk down the waterfront since we still had around three hours of time left before we needed to be back at the boat.  However, when we reached the end of the waterfront, we wanted to keep going.  On a map, we saw that the botanical gardens were a short walk away, and decided to keep on walking and make a big loop back onto our ship.  However, ten minutes into the journey, we came across an unexpected incline.  As we walked up, the road kept on going and going, it took us about thirty minutes, but we made it to the top. We headed down and ended up back on Cuba street, and make it back with plenty of extra time.  On this extended walk, we got to enjoy the sunset over the harbor, some true winds blowing through the streets, observe the Wellington nightlife, and some quality bonding conversations.  Maybe tomorrow we will hike to the botanical gardens so we can enjoy them in the daylight.

- Anna Merrens, B Watch, Skidmore College

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s284  new zealand  port stops • (2) Comments
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#1. Posted by Kenzie Korpi on March 14, 2019

Dearest Kenzie
Hope you have a great few days at Welly
Your trip is truly amazing
As I keep telling you how impressed I am with you daily
We are good and Grandpas cold is drying up
We are busy but very good
Saw Eve in a district Band Concert last night at Tilles Center
It was very good and well organized
We love you and miss you so much
Keep enjoying your marvelous time in New Zealand
Love you soooo Grandma

#2. Posted by Fika & Crew on March 14, 2019


It’s great to hear of your adventures on land as well as sea. Hopefully the port stops have given you a bit of a break from the regular gifts to Poseidon!  How lucky to be able to see Noni’s Seawall mural in Napier too! We look forward to seeing more pictures and hearing about the adventures when you get home! Love you lots!

Fika and her people!



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