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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
February 15, 2018
You Are Here
36° 50.493’ S, 174° 45.844’ E; Auckland, NZ
Ship’s Heading & Speed
Docked at Princes Wharf
Sunny, 0/8 clouds, Winds S, Force 2
Hi there, friends and family!
Today began earlier for B Watch than it did for the other watches, as we were assigned to the first dock watch. Dock watch was done in pairs for two-hour shifts. It involved doing boat checks each hour from 2100 through 0700 in the morning, when we ate breakfast. Following a scrumptious feast of raspberry waffles, courtesy of our wonderful steward, Sabrina, we briefly went back to work on dishes and safety protocol before making the trek to the New Zealand War Memorial. The weather was ideal for our 40-minute walk from Princes Wharf to the memorial, where we explored topics ranging from photography to Maori natural history to New Zealand during the world wars.
After the museum we had some free time to explore Auckland, which for me involved eating samosas and purchasing hideous accessories from the Look Sharp Shop (imagine Party City, but ten times tackier). At 1730 we were back on the boat in advance of dinner, and we made use of our free time to practice the waiata that we will sing for our Maori guests in a few days. The remainder of our evening after dinner entailed more emergency protocol, steering and relieving at the helm, deploying the neuston net, and learning the names of the lower four sails and their associated lines.
One seemingly trivial moment stood out to me while we were at the museum. Bailey and I had split from the rest of the group and were trying to get our bearings so we could meet up with everyone in a different exhibit, so we referenced a map of the museum that stood on the floor. In big bold letters next to a yellow arrow and a dot was the text “YOU ARE HERE”.
For most people, it would’ve served as a way to understand their location relative to the museum. But, for some reason, it finally hit me that WE ARE HERE! Not only are we “here” in this exhibit of the museum, but we are here, at this museum, in Auckland, New Zealand, on the other side of the planet. Moreover, we are here mentally, too; being here is just as much mental as it is physical. Being here means detaching from technology and attaching to our responsibilities as sailors on the Robert C. Seamans. Being here means showing love and support to our fellow students and staff. Being here means making ourselves at home on the sweet Bobby C. And we are eternally grateful for the opportunity to be here.
For now, We Are Here, but we’re stoked to get a move on tomorrow!
- Annie Roberts, B Watch, Boston College