SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
May 09, 2016
SEA you soon Seamans
17° 30.6’S x 149° 51.3’W
Anchored in Moorea
Today was the last day on the ship. It’s odd to think that tomorrow we disembark in Papeete, many of us to go our separate ways after spending so much time together. The long watches stood in rain and shine, the field days that seemed to produce endless mung, the nights so hot that students choose to sleep on deck while we’re alongside, over. At least for now.
We spent our day today scrubbing the ship from bulkhead to sole, making Mama Seamans shine as a thank you for an incredible voyage and a fresh start for the students who will board her in Papeete. Somehow, below deck was hotter than above deck, and by the end all the ship’s company was covered in mung and sweat. We were granted one last swim call (and one extra shower, thank you Mickey) to enjoy the beautiful waters and rinse ourselves off.
We ended our day with a fabulous final swizzle, complete with entertainment. Entertainment, of course, being used loosely as the acts ranged from gorgeous songs sung by Cookie and Cap to Quas and I imitating each other’s ridiculous laughs. The quarter deck was adorned in twinkling lights and locals were fishing in the waters around us, helping foster a beautiful bittersweet moment that none of us are soon to forget. Roughly 3550 nautical miles of time and hard work with people will always make it hard to say goodbye.
I know more than anything I am going to miss my watch. Every 12 hours, we would gather on the quarterdeck, rain or shine, and take care of Mama Seamans while everyone else got to rest. They are the people that I sailed, really truly sailed, start to finish with. They are the ones I watched grow and who helped me grow. They are the ones I think are worth standing six hours in a torrential downpour with, not because I don’t have anywhere dry I could be, but because I prefer their company in the rain rather than solitude and warmth. It’s an amazing feeling to know I can count on those six people to help me with anything, and who understand everything I’m going through because they are going through it with me. It’s going to be a huge adjustment to go our separate ways.
That being said, I know I won’t be alone for too long. Actually, only for about 12 days, because I have decided to set sail with Seamans, her crew, and the S-267 Pacific Reef Expedition class as a student. While it will by no means be the same as S-265, I’m excited to get to continue trekking across the Pacific, doing science, sailing, and earning my calluses with every mile.
P.S. A very loving shout out to my family, both those I was born into (DeCrane clan pride), and the one I found in my sorority. I love you all and miss you more than I can say. Someone pet my dog for me.