SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
March 12, 2018
43°17.4’S x 173°56.2’E
Ship’s Heading & Speed
160° at about 4 knots
20°C and sunny, with a nice cool breeze
Hey! What's up everybody, we are back at sea for the next leg of our journey. We left Wellington and started our next adventure with new watch officers. B watch is now under the command of first mate Allison and chief scientist Nick. Also, just want to start this post by saying happy birthday to my awesome momma, hope things are groovy back in Beantown.
Now picture this: It's 2018 and you are sailing on the Bobby C with some kids you met a little over 10 weeks ago. You are laying all cozy in your bunk when you hear your name being called. To avoid getting too specific let's just use the name "Izzy" as an example. You hear "Izzy, Izzy, Izzy" you finally wake up in a daze and say "yo wassup". You are then informed "this is your wake up, it's 6am and breakfast is in 20 minutes, also it is really cold outside and you are going to want some layers". You then let out a groan and say "ok" and realize it is nicer to have your human friends wake you up each morning then the piercing sound of a buzzing alarm clock.
Then you check your watch to see if you could maybe crush a 10 minute nap after being awake for a whole two minutes. On this day you can, because you were lied to! It is actually 5:45, so you fall back asleep until you hear the bell for breakfast. You make your way to the main salon eyes still half shut in a very sleepy state to see your fellow B watch friends eating some delicious blueberry waffles (shout out to Sabrina). After you have finished eating, you rush to put all your layers on because you definitely don't want to be late. You were told it was very cold out so you put on every jacket you have. Then you step outside.... it isn't very cold. Rats! You have been misled once again, three pairs of pants were not a good idea.
Life goes on, you head to lab and shed some layers. This is the first time you get to do deployments, so you're stoked. You set up the CTD and Secchi disk. When Chuck arrives, it is time to get to sciencing. You are the driver, this means you are controlling the j-frame and the hydrowinch wire. With each command you slowly lower the CTD down into the water and inform Chuck with each 100m mark that passes. Once the deployment is done you dump the water out of each Niskin bottle and think. "Woah, this is pretty cool! I am touching water from 700m below the surface." Then you decide to eat some apples and peanut butter, and before you know it your 6-hour watch shift is over!
I hope everyone is still reading and picturing this epic day aboard the ship, because next we hit class at 1400. Remember it isn't very cold out, as a matter of fact it is a gorgeous day and you are wearing a t-shirt. You are sitting on the deck during class listening to your classmates give presentations they prepared during their dawn watch at 0300, and think to yourself "boy aren't I so lucky to being sitting on a boat with amazing people learning about incredible things I get to see first-hand. I never want this to end." Then you remember there isn't much time left. How are you going to make the most of every minute you have? For starters you stop wishing time away. You no longer count the minutes until your watch is over or the next port stop; instead you find yourself asking more questions and trying to take on more tasks. You think back and laugh about how overwhelming the first day was and how you didn't think you could learn all of the information that is now an average day.
Now picture this: it's 2018 and you are sailing on the Bobby C with kids you met a little over 10 weeks ago, and even with bad wake ups and temperatures that change faster than you can say "Pteropod swirl" you can't imagine your life any other way. I hope your imagination has let you see the beauty that is an average day on the ship. Thanks for reading, if you made it this far.
To my family and friends back at home I miss you guys, even Gus. Keep it real.
- Izzy Nolan, B Watch, Boston College