SEA Currents: new zealand
March 28, 2019
Students arrive aboard SSV Robert C. Seamans!
The students of SEA Semester class S-285, Oceans & Climate, have all arrived safely in New Zealand and are now settled in aboard their home for the next five-and-a-half weeks, the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Be sure to follow their voyage on this blog.
March 21, 2019
Remember Me, Bobby C.
One thousand nine hundred and ninety eight nautical miles, one thousand five hundred and thirty six eggs, and over eight hundred cookies later we have arrived at the end of our voyage.
This day has been a whirlwind of emotions and envirox as we spent our final day aboard the Seamans.
March 20, 2019
Today is March 20, 2019. Today is our last full day of watch rotations. Today the sea was calm and the skies were sunny. We are about 20nm west of Kaikoura Peninsula.
I had dawn watch from 0100-0700.
March 18, 2019
Our final leg of the journey is upon us! We departed Wellington over the weekend for our final stop in Christchurch. The Junior Watch Officer phase, or JWO for short, has officially begun, much to my dismay.
March 15, 2019
A Rewarding and Complicated Day Ashore
Today was a sobering entry in an already unique time at sea and ashore. Our day began earlier than usual, with an 0600 wakeup precluding the usual breakfast and set of chores. By 0800 we were off to the famed Wellington cable car, which Eric pointed out was technically a funicular.
March 14, 2019
Smile for the Camera
Picture this: It’s 0800 and you’re eating breakfast on the quarterdeck. You’re wearing the cleanest items of clothing which after 4.5 weeks on a boat equates a smell test. You’re having a conversation with your shipmates about what you’re the most excited to do today with your research time on shore.
March 13, 2019
Today was our first day ashore getting to explore windy Welly. Today also marked the first shore day where we were given 2200 as the time to return to the ship. In previous ports everyone was given a call back time of around 1800 for dinner and watch cycles, so the extra four hours allowed for a very full day of adventuring.
March 12, 2019
After several days at sea the sight of land was bittersweet; however, something long anticipated awaited us after anchoring right outside Wellington and before we were to step foot on land.
March 08, 2019
Seattle Weather for a Seattle Girl
Today is my 21st birthday. It’s not exactly the way I envisioned it, but I’m not complaining. Open ocean, the salt breeze, and amazing friends. What else could I possibly need? I spent yesterday as Assistant Steward in the galley. I am a terrible cook, but thankfully, I didn’t burn anything! I made chocolate chip cookies for midnight snack and lasagna for dinner.
March 07, 2019
ABCs of the Robert C Seamans: Apple Crisp, Bioluminescence, and Companionship
“Glowing dolphins!” was how I started my day. A little after 0000 I woke up to Fin murmuring to those awake that dolphins were lit up by bioluminescence in the water off the starboard bow. For this rare opportunity I slid out of bed 30 minutes early, pattered up on deck, and draped myself over the rail where I hung staring at the water, dazzled in amazement.