SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
December 20, 2016
We are all here
Anchored SSE of Stanley Point
Clear skies, light southerly winds
It was another day in paradise on board the Robert C. Seamans. We were all gifted a little extra sleep last night. The watches rotated back to their original mate and scientist watch officers to stand our last rotations of 9 mile watches. We hauled back the anchor in Waiti Bay, motoring 27 miles over the 3 watches, to our current anchorage SSE of Stanley Point. The coastline was stunning along this transit. A pod of dolphins swam with us for some time.
We were together for the first time at Princes Wharf in Auckland, could any have imagined the wonder that awaited us? For many there was a huge strangeness to being on board, to standing watch, to being on a ship at anchor, to being at sea, to whethering all sorts of weather. Together we sailed ahead. Looking out for the ship and our shipmates became instinctive. Our senses were enlivened. The lessons the sea taught us will be part of us forever.
The grand skyline of the Auckland which we left just 6 weeks ago is now on our horizon once again. As emotions of the near future are creeping in on us, there is no shortage of joy and hard work on board. We have all taken time today to give back to Bobby C., our home. Whether it was scrubbing the cabin tops, the rails, the deck boxes, the deck, or cleaning out our racks, the extra elbow grease is felt and appreciated throughout the ship. Sharing these final days and final hours is bittersweet.
The sweet sounds of our brigantine sailing through the ocean blue, the moments admiring the southern skies and the bioluminescence surrounding us, and the laughter and joy shared among shipmates will resonate throughout all of us for the rest of our lives. The energy poured forth from all to take the crew of S-270 "there and back again" has united us as shipmates and great friends. Although our paths will diverge the countless lessons and transformations and the bonds we have created will stay with us. We will always be shipmates no matter how far we roam. We are excited to come back to land and tell our tales of class S-270 as ocean explorers, celestial and terrestrial navigators, assistant stewards and engineers, lookouts and helmsmen, junior watch officers and junior lab officers. The list goes on, there is no shortage of duties while at sea. Our watch here will come to an end as the crew departs tomorrow, our watch is never really over. There is certain nobility in remaining enlightened and curious about the world.