SEA Currents: phoenix islands
Witnessing Kanton Island
This has been an amazing and exciting experience thus far. The work is tough, but days like today make it all worthwhile. Today I stepped foot on Kanton Island for the first time with some of my shipmates. We explored part of the island that still carries ruins of relatively recent human occupation. This used to be an airfield for PanAm airlines, as well as a hotel site, and some of the remains are still on the island.
A Day at Kanton Island
My day today started at 5am with my hour of anchor watch. When we are at port, pairs of students stand watch for an hour at a time over the course of the night completing boat checks, weather observations, and making sure our anchors hold fast. Taking an early morning watch meant I had almost seven hours of uninterrupted sleep, a rarity during life at sea. After watch, I joined Captain Pamela and several other students for a 6 o’clock dawn run on Kanton Island.
Knox College Features Phoenix Islands Student Voyage
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Knox Student Joins Pioneering Pacific Research Expedition”
Niki Acton, Knox College | July 22, 2015
Nathan Kemp ‘16 is spending his summer at sea. Supplementing his study of environmental studies and biology, Kemp is a participant in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester program, Protecting the Phoenix Islands.
At Anchor in Kanton Lagoon
Today marks the second day in a row of waking up to Land Ho! However, this time we have made way to Kanton Island, where we plan to stay for the next four days. I went on deck this morning to lay my own eyes on Kanton just as the rain was ending. My watch only faced one squall during our four-hour night watch, but word has it that dawn watch did not see many moments without rainfall.
To enter the lagoon in the middle of Kanton Island, we must pass through the lone channel connecting the open ocean to the lagoon.