SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
November 16, 2014
A Lota Gelata
36° 50. 494’ S x 174° 45.856’ E
Princes Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand
Today was filled with information overload and lots of sunshine! We woke to another fantastic breakfast by Vickie and quickly moved into more ship orientation. I know the past two blog entries have already noted how delicious the food is here, but I feel the need to reiterate it. Sorry Mom, you may have competition but at least you don’t have to worry about me getting enough to eat! Anyways, ship orientation was a blast today! While being tied to the dock, we learned how to set and strike the jib, one of the most forward sails. It attracted quite a collection of spectators whenever it went up. I think we’re all beginning to feel a little bit like zoo animals here on the Seamans. Other highlights of orientation included practice science deployments, climbing onto the headrig (netting along the bowsprit) to furl the sail, and climbing aloft safety training. We also spent time going over all of the sails and lines needed to maneuver the ship. Needless to say, my brain is overflowing with sailor lingo.
The afternoon was spent doing field research in the city of Auckland. I went off with Kate P. and Kate M. to explore the waterfront. Kate M. is doing her Maritime History and Culture research paper on a historic building called Shed 10 on Queens Wharf. This building was originally used for ship berthing activities but is now the Auckland cruise ship terminal. Shed 10 was our first stop for the day. Unfortunately, there was no cruise ship in port and there were a limited number of people to interview around the wharf. We ended up speaking with a lady at the information desk who actually let us into Shed 10 and gave us a private tour. The building was incredible! The floors were all made of wood from the original building and the first floor was entirely lit by natural light. We learned that the solar panels on the roof provide energy for Shed 10 and the other buildings on the wharf. After Shed 10 we did some field research on the local gelato shops in Auckland.
Apparently gelato research was very important because many of the other Maritime History and Culture teams made similar stops. After interviewing a few more people and exploring the container ship port, we headed back to the
Seamans. S256 arrived home with (slightly) sunburnt faces and tired feet. Thankfully Vickie had an incredible dinner prepared for us, which some enjoyed in the sunshine on deck. Tomorrow we finally set sail!!! Weather isn’t looking great for tomorrow (rain forecast) but it should clear up fairly quickly. Keeping my fingers crossed for some more dance music to party to on watch tonight!