SEA Currents: chatham islands
April 07, 2018
To Meet a Place On The Day of Departure
To be in a place, to walk around, to touch the rocks and grass; to look at the cliffs, and smell the dirt; this is but part of what being in a place is. The people of a place are what make it; they set the scene, if you will. To be in a place and not meet its people is to get only a part of the story. To visit and only look is to be a tourist; to receive and give conversation is to be good company.
April 06, 2018
Chatham Islands - First to See the Sun
One interesting factoid about the Chatham Islands is that because they are so close to the International Date Line, they are technically the first part of land to see the sunrise each morning! So today our crew was some of the first people to greet the morning rays, though most of our days started much earlier than that.
April 05, 2018
First Land in Days, Last Land for Weeks
After five days of sailing, we have reached the Chatham Islands! We will be staying here for about two days. Tomorrow morning, most of the crew and all of the students will be leaving the ship and taking a tour of the main island. Not many people live here, but the islands are beautiful: sharp volcanic rocks covered in grass, patches of small trees, and unique birds.
April 09, 2016
Exploring the Chatham Islands
The crew of the Robert C Seamans woke up this morning to their first field day, when the entire ship’s company worked for several hours to clean the entire ship. Everyone was very motivated to finish so that we could go ashore and explore the Chatham Islands. Once ashore we were met by Toni, a Moriori/Maori native who has lived on the island for the most of her life. We all piled into a bus and were taken on a full day tour of the island.
April 01, 2015
An Unexpected Adventure (and Happy April Fools!)
There’s something special about lying in the grass knowing you won’t see it for another three and a half weeks or so. Sitting in the middle of a stunning landscape of rolling hills, soaking up the sunshine and, more importantly, experiencing correct inner ear alignment, really gave me an appreciation for land – for solid ground – that I didn’t have before. This is especially true when that land is the bizarre yet mesmerizing terrain of the Chatham Islands.
March 31, 2015
The Chatham Islands: Land of Rainbows, Sheep, and Abalone
Sleeping on still water never felt so good. So good in fact, that I did not hear my shipmate Ari wake me up for dock watch at 0300. Even though watch was only an hour, I tried my best to keep myself awake with boat checks and weather observations. Let’s just say it was not the easiest of mornings. After breakfast, B Watch prepared to start a dawn cleanup of the ship. I had my gloves on ready to tackle the head (a.k.a the bathroom) when Captain called us up on deck.
March 31, 2015
Chatham Islands port stop
The Robert C. Seamans has arrived at Chatham Islands. They have a busy slate of field trips planned for their time there, so while it may be a day or two before they send us a new blog post, rest assured that all is well with S-258.
March 30, 2015
Sciencing to the MAX!
Today marks just our 3rd full day out on the open seas! The Chatham Rise has treated us well, and in my case, has really put the world into perspective. The Pacific is a huge place! We’ve currently travelled over 400 nautical miles by pure sail and are due to touchdown in the Chatham Islands this evening! Weather has had its ups and downs; last night we cruised right on through a squall with winds/seas of a Beaufort Force 7 (look it up if you don’t know what I mean!). It was quite the experience to be at the helm trying to maintain course with rain pelting my eyes and waves rocking and rolling everywhere.