SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
June 22, 2014
Ship, Shipmates, Self
19° 47.5’ N x 157° 12.0’ W
Aloha friends and family!
It’s hard to believe that it’s only day four at sea. The days have practically melted together as we’ve been jam packed with standing watch, scarfing down delicious food, deploying science gear, learning about our new home aboard the Robert C. Seamans, napping on occasion, and tapping into our inner sailors.
The first thing I learned after stepping on board the ship was a little saying that goes, “Ship, Shipmates, Self.” Basically, we put the ship first; a happy ship makes for a happy crew. Then we look out for our shipmates. When 29 other people have your back, it’s a lot easier to remember to put on sunscreen and walk on the high side. Lastly, once the ship and your shipmates are taken care of, taking care of yourself will fall into place!
On another note, the past 24 hours have been a whirlwind. Around 22:00 last night, 21 June, we gybed (a.k.a. turned this baby around) and are headed due north en route to Lana’i. It was breathtaking standing watch on the bowsprit and looking straight ahead to the North Star. We also practiced some celestial navigation as the clouds made way for the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper, Arcturus, Spica, and Scorpius—just to name a few! Our morning watch crew conducted a “Super Station” science deployment around 9 a.m. consisting of a phytonet, secchi disk, CTD, hydrocast, and Neuston tow. We pulled up a cool little 2-inch blue shrimp in our Neuston tow amongst a plethora of copepods and other little critters! In class today we went over 5 new knots: a bowline, a square, a figure eight, a sheet bend, and a round turn & two half hitches.
However, I’d have to say that my favorite part of the past 24 hours would have to be going aloft and hanging out on the course yard about 60 feet above the deep blue! Check out the photo of Kyle and I saluting the sea from up above.
Stay tuned for more and I hope all is well back on the mainland!
P.S. Shoutout to my mom & pops, Sarbear, Kev and Kristina, & Baby Edge…miss and love you all! I have yet to get sunburnt, you’d be proud.