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SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans

July 19, 2016


Corinna Anderson, B watch, Lafayette College

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Some of the marine life found during our swim call right next to the SSV Robert C. Seamans! Photo creds: Alex Miranda

Noon Position
2°48.3’S 171°42.7’W

At anchor in Kanton

Souls on Board

Hello everyone back home, it’s Corinna here, reporting on what your loved ones have been up to for the past 24 hours. Starting at 0100, B watch was in charge when we spotted our first glimpses of Kanton in the dark. It took us a while to see it because of how low-lying it is, but we finally managed to see it just before day break. As per usual at the end of our watch, we were pretty hungry. We were thrilled when we found out that Ben, one of our own watch members, had prepared crepes with Morgan for our breakfast. Despite being close to Kanton for a while, it took a few hours to finally drop anchor in Kanton because we had to come in at the slack tide.

When we finally made it, we were in a “quarantine” of sorts because we weren’t able to leave to boat until we got cleared through customs. Given the remoteness of Kanton and the few people living on the island, it was a much more challenging process than the typical customs checkpoint. Being unable to go on land, this just meant a swim call for us! This was our second one, but the first where we were able to see the sea floor as opposed to the open ocean. Much to our delight, this swim call did not feature the medusas that were stinging us last time.

We are at a bit of a transition point now that we’re at anchor. Instead of an entire watch group being on at once now, it is just two people each hour making sure our anchor isn’t dragging and doing the typical hourly of making sure everything on the boat is still working properly, and also the weather. This is nice for everyone because we get a bit of extra sleep, which is important for how much we are going to be doing in Kanton.

Because some people need to stay aboard the boat at all times, we have been split up a bit differently for our time at the island. At the beginning of the trip, we were all assigned numbers, so we could easily check to make sure everyone is accounted for. So, the even numbers are the “starboard” watch while the odd numbers are the “port” watch. Tomorrow, the starboard watch will remain on board rotating being on watch and going on snorkel/dive (not for us, but the two divers, Nick and Adrienne) missions. I am about to go stand watch now with Victoria!


P.S. Hi mom!

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Protecting the Phoenix Islands, • Topics: s268  port stops  phoenix islands • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Aimee Brown on July 25, 2016

Hi back Corinna! So happy to finally see your post Corinna after 6 days of no news.  Sounds like a good change of pace to be by the islands so you can swim and snorkel (even if you can’t dive) and focus on experiments. I am not sure when you will read this. I am safely back from Rio and have some stories for you but I am sure nothing compared to yours. Lots of hints in these reports about interesting, educational and fun times you are having but not enough details for parents to devour. Tell everyone to keep the stories coming as they are much appreciated. I am sure I speak for all parents - we miss you a lot especially since this is the longest we haven’t been able to communicate- but also thrilled you are getting to enjoy such a fabulous, life experience. Can’t wait to hear more.  Sending lots of love your way.  Mom



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