SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
March 27, 2015
43° 13.1’ S x 173° 11.4’ E
Course & Speed
075°; East at 6.8 knots
Jib, Fore Stays’l, Mainsl, and Main Stays’l are set
Mostly overcast, sporadic drizzles
Our first full day on-board and everyone is just starting to get accustomed to standing watch, working in the lab, the sporadic sleep schedules, and the constant rolling motion of Mama Seamans. We have learned so much in the past few days, allowing everyone to jump right into all of the roles onboard. I am so impressed with all of the hard work and dedication of my fellow shipmates. The support everyone has for each other as we slowly adjust to ship life is unmatched, and the community here is growing strong.
Today marked not only the day of my first watch, but also my 21st birthday. Standing the midwatch, from 2300 to 0300, it was dark and quiet on deck. I started at the helm, steering the ship into the abysmal blackness of the night. The occasional light from a distance boat was a simple reminder that we are not too far off shore yet. When the clock struck midnight, there I was at the helm in control of our vessel’s direction, when my birthday officially began. And what a birthday celebration we had! We stayed up till 3am, saw some glowing waves and dancing dolphins, woke up wearing the same clothes from the day before, ate delicious chocolate and raspberry brownies, all while many of us hung to the rail as we threw up over the side. Sounds like a typical 21st birthday to me! I am so grateful to be surrounded by such a wonderful group of people on this special day. Standing watch, working in the lab, and observing the beautiful seascape around us, I cannot think of a more special and memorable way to celebrate a birthday. A quick shout out to my mother, a million thanks always. Looking forward to the many more memories to come on this exciting adventure we have all just begun!