SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
Goodbye Fiji, Hello New Zealand
18° 58.3’S x 177° 56.8’E
Ship’s Heading & Speed
205° PSC 5.6 Knots
Light winds ExS force 4, 3/8 cloud coverage
Today we departed Suva, Fiji to start our final two weeks on the ship! It is crazy how quickly time passes here on the ship!
Yesterday morning, we visited the community of Korova which is home to traditional sailing canoes called Drua. I’m doing a project on traditional navigation techniques and architecture of these canoes and to my excitement, they kindly welcomed us on their small, single sailed wooden Drua. I went on a canoe with 10 others, which turned out to be too many people. With the weight of everyone and the winds we were pushed sideways.
Watching the family work together sailing and pushing the canoe eventually back to where we started was something special to me. I really did appreciate them welcoming us and sharing their culture. For the rest of the afternoon, many of us visited Colo-i-Suva, a park filled with beautiful pools of water streaming into one another with a waterfall and even a rope swing. We went on a nice hike through this park, stopping to swim, climb and enjoy the beauty of Fiji!
When leaving port, the watch I’m on, B watch was assigned as fender team. This means we hold big fenders to make sure the boat does not hit against the dock when we arrive and leave port. I used to hate holding these heavy plastic things, but now I’ve come to love it, and I think this is true for many of us on my watch. What comes with being on watch is also birthday cake for the ones on watch! A few days before we arrived in Suva, it was our watch officer, Allison’s birthday and today is my birthday! This means double cake for all of us, which is a yummy thing to have here on the ship. It’s amazing to see what a community we have formed here on the ship.
Four weeks ago, many of us still didn’t know each other too well and the ship was brand new to us. Now we all laugh together, but also work together as one team. The ship is home to us and many of us will forever remember our best moments, but also the tough moments that we have gotten through together. I’m so lucky to celebrate my 21st birthday with such an amazing group of 35 people and I’m excited to see what the next two weeks have in store!