SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
July 23, 2016
Setting Sail from Kanton
2° 48.3’ S x 171° 42.8’W
At Anchor in Kanton Lagoon
At Anchor, Clear Skies, 15kt winds from SE
After what seemed like such a short time, our 3 days at Kanton had come to a close. I woke up before sunrise at 5am, for one of the last anchor watches. Shortly after breakfast, A watch took the deck to prepare the ship for departure. We removed the sail covers, and stowed the gear on deck. I was surprised how much had accumulated throughout the ship, as we quickly adjusted to the temporarily flat surfaces. We pulled the extra small boat out of the water from our makeshift dock, and stowed it on the roof.
Meanwhile, B watch cleaned off all the sand that been brought on board with the fire hoses. Medical officer Janet reminded us of how terrible land is due to a huge variety of potential injuries, and ensured that we scrubbed every last potential coral scrape and cut toes from the ship. Chief Mate Will tells us that Neptune will frown on our ship if we bring too much of the land out to sea, and carefully watched over his new crew B watch in their scrubbing. Today was the first day with new mates for each watch!
As the tide went slack, and started to flow out of the lagoon, we weighed anchor, and B watch took us out of Kanton, and I took a much needed nap. It’s been a very long few days on the island. I had gotten so used to having 6 hours on, and 12 off, that I felt I could barely stay up the whole day. But the long hike, walking along the beaches, and exploring abandoned buildings with friends was worth the struggle. Now that we’ve seen land in PIPA, and met the residents of Kanton, I now truly feel like I’m in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, and I get a sense of the importance of this area being protected.
I can see the relevance of our scientific expeditions here, and I’m very excited to continue the journey. On to Orona! As I write this now, I can no longer see land, and the soles sway with vengeance. I’ve lost my sea legs again! I’ll be stumbling around on deck on watch tonight. All’s well onboard, and I hope all is well at home.