SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
June 19, 2014
20° 37.075 N x 156° 46.868 W
Aloha family and friends of class S-253: Aloha Aina,
After a morning filled with Man-Over-Board, fire, and abandon shipexercises, we are finally underway! We set sail off of Lahaina Port on the west shore of Maui at approximately 13:00. The first half hour was all hands on deck as we set our mainstay’sl, forestay’sl, and top sl and headed south. We are currently headed out to sea to, as Jeff likes to say, do science (aka the fun stuff!) and will remain at sea until Tuesday when we will return to the island of Lanai.
The first watch, B watch, took control of the vessel shortly after we were underway and will remain on watch until 19:00. Our group of 15 students is broken down into 3 watches of 5 students each. Each watch is also assigned a mate and an assistant scientist. While on watch, 2 students are responsible for the deck, 2 students are responsible for working in the lab, and 1 student is responsible for dishes. Students rotate through these jobs on different watches. A watch lasts either 4 or 6 hours and a single watch is usually on watch 1-2 times per day.
Included in this post is a picture of B watch wearing immersion suits that are worn in the (unlikely!) event that we have to abandon ship. While they serve a very important function in case of emergency, theyre also hilarious to see on fellow shipmates, so please feel free to laugh! Personally they remind me of the dancing lobsters from the Amanda Show.
While I can only give insight into our first few hours at sea, I’m sure my classmates will have more information to share as we continue our journey together on the Robert C. Seamans. Stay tuned!