SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
November 05, 2018
Sayonara Mama Seamans
Princes Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand, Docked
We did it. S-282 is in Auckland! The only thing crossing my mind is how did it end so quickly?! Last week on the boat our Professor, Jeff, said in just a week we will be on land again and everything will be different and just like that, it was.
Let’s rewind to three days ago. B-Watch brought the beautiful Seamans into Auckland. I had the daunting task as Junior Watch Officer whilst coming into the busiest harbor we have ever seen, in addition to preparing the boat for port. There was so much to do, especially after ten days at sea! Naturally, everything got done. The magic of this whole experience is that everyone knew where to be and when. I was pretty flustered due to excitement and a scary list of chores, but my shipmates got the boat in tip top shape for port! It is remarkable to see how much we have all improved since boarding the boat in American Samoa. I had to take a step back when I saw what we had just done. Mariah, standing strongly at the helm, steered us in. I, Cam, Gabe and Sam struck and furled the forestays’l and mainstays’l, Irena got the fenders ready, and C-Watch cleaned the boat. Thank god we had our frequent visitors, the common dolphins, swimming alongside cheering us on.
Once we docked and readied the gangway, placed sail covers on the sails, and climbed aloft to clean the course and tops’l, all crew and students mustered in the main salon and together we took a deep breath. WE DID IT! Although there was more to be done in the coming days to prepare the ship for the next crew we gave ourselves a pat on the back.
To all friends and families of S-282 thank you for the wonderful comments on the blogs and thinking of us! We had an amazing time and we hope you saw that too! For now, we are cramming away at Leigh Marine lab to finish up our time at SEA Semester.
Big tight hug to all my friends and family. I love you Dad, Happy Birthday.
- Therese Ohman, B-Watch, Suffolk University