SEA Currents: life at sea
IT’S PARTEE TIME!!!!
Hello parents, friends and family. It is currently 1625 and the day is a gorgeous sunny blue with light winds and gentle waves. It has been a pretty sweet day since the first hour and continues to look good for the rest. As a member of C watch today is my day to see the beginning and end of December 5th, 2017 since I stood dawn watch and will soon be standing evening watch.
It’s on days like this, when I get to see the sun rise and set and the new day begin that I feel the progression of time on the ocean the most.
Oh, What a Day!
When C-Watch took the deck at 0100 this morning, we were told to put on our foulies because it had been raining for quite some time. Although it was pouring down on us, we still had great visibility from the waxing gibbous moon above us. As the moon started to set and the sun started to rise, we were able to see the orange glow of the moon peak through the clouds. It was definitely a bright spot! As the sky got brighter, I noticed a double rainbow while at lookout.
The Great Blue Yonder
Less than a week has gone by since we first set foot on the ship, but as we glide (and roll and tumble) through the Caribbean, it sometimes already feels like multiple lifetimes. Time works differently at sea, especially when you’re on the Cramer, where our days are divided into 6-hour watch intervals as we assist with tasks like sail handling and steering or processing oceanographic data in our small but highly functional lab.
Hello from the Pacific!
Today is another beautiful day on the Robert C. Seamans. It’s beginning to feel like summer here in the Southern Hemisphere and shorts and sandals are becoming more common than fleeces and hats. We have now passed the final islands in the Kermadec island chain and will be out of sight of land again for the next week and a half or so until we get to Napier.
The Voyages of the SSV Robert C. Seamans
Hello dear reader,
I wanted to take a moment as we transit south towards Napier, NZ and all of the fresh fruit, chocolates, and laundry our seagoing heart’s desire to discuss where we’ve been. In short, these are the (much abridged) voyages of the Robert C. Seamans and our encounter with the Raoulian peoples of Raoul Island in the Kermadecs Island chain.
Hello all yee blog readers! We have officially crossed over into the Atlantic and let me tell you, it was quite significant. So far our crew has done amazing work on learning to set sails, plot positions, deploy all the science equipment, practice rescue mission protocols and even learn to cook glorious meals for a ton of hungry hungry sailors.
Dear blog reader,
Today marks the beginning of our first phase change. Prior to today, our watch officers and assistant scientists were responsible for ensuring sailing and science were happening according to plan. In phase 1 we proved ourselves capable of taking on the next big challenge. What will this challenge look like?
Well, our first 24 hours has gone quite well since leaving Grenada. So far we have conducted two science stations and sampled with our hydrocast, meter net and neuston nets. Additionally, we have used flow through sensors to get readings on all kinds of water properties as we sail northwest of Grenada.
The Pinrail Chase: May the Best Watch Win!
Greetings from aboard the Robert C. Seamans, which is currently sailing northwards along the Kermadec Ridge! We were blessed with wonderfully sunny weather today - quite a stroke of luck, as we spent part of the day on the deck of the ship. Why, you may ask? Today was the PINRAIL CHASE, a lively inter-watch competition to see which of the three watches had best mastered the ship’s lines and their locations.
Useful Tip: It’s All About the Wide Stance
As I write this, the Seamans is sailing over thousands of meters of water!!! S-276 is extremely fortunate to be sailing over the Kermadec Ridge on our journey northward to Raoul. Our constantly sounding CHIRP instrument (which is pretty annoying) has been gathering data on the bathymetry (topography for the layman) of the ocean floor beneath us. So far we’ve sailed over some sea mountains and the saddle (the highest point) of the Kermadec Ridge which then drops to over 10,000 meters deep at its lowest point!!