SEA Currents: s257
March 09, 2015
Back at Sea
Today was our first full day at sea in a week and, as is to be expected, much of our ship’s company is still in the midst of an adjustment period. We have had to contend with the familiar obstacles of life at sea, including hallways, tables, and showers that unexpectedly turn sideways, not to mention the associated queasiness alluded to by Sara in yesterday’s post. In some ways, getting underway feels like a return to our old routine, but a lot is changing.
March 08, 2015
Mal de Mer
After a marvelous and much extended visit to Windy Wellington, the crew of S-257 headed back out to sea early this afternoon, equal parts excited to be getting underway and nervous about the challenges of the upcoming leg.
While everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves immensely in Wellington-exploring the city, running and hiking on the extensive local trails, getting fabulous tours of both Te Papa and Kaitoke park, and accomplishing an impressive amount of academic-project and ship’s work-the return to sea offers a retreat from the particular demands of the land.
March 07, 2015
YOU SHALL NOT PASS. Out of Wellington So Covered in Mung!
Good evening from a damp night here on the other side of the world! The full moon moon is shining, the wind is blowing, and Mama Seamans is clean-after a day of preparation, she and her crew are ready for our departure from Wellington tomorrow afternoon and the continuation of our adventure.
A watch started this morning with sponges in hand, performing the daily ritual of DC, or dawn cleaning.
March 06, 2015
Delayed in Windy Wellington
Hello! Well, Wellington is still windy, and we are still here to be blown away. Those 45 knot winds promised in yesterday’s post came howling in this morning, and though it would be nice to be sailing today as planned, it’s probably good that we are staying in port until this weather blows over. I started the morning on watch at 0600 and in time to watch a spectacular sunrise before the sky clouded over.
March 05, 2015
Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand
Greetings from Windy Wellington! And it appears that it really will live up to its name—with up to 45-knot winds forecasted in the upcoming days, it is unlikely that we will be leaving our port until Sunday. While we are disappointed that we will have to wait a few extra days until we can have the wind in our sails again, it is pretty hard to complain at the moment. I am writing this from the top of the doghouse, basking in the sun while others lounge and read and our vagabond visitor Anthony strums on the guitar.
March 04, 2015
I don’t write to you from the desktop computer of the ship. I simply couldn’t, it didn’t feel right. No, I am scribbling this down along the shore of Wellington’s Harbor- Where the tide is coming in and people are strolling by. It is a lovely night and was an impeccable day. We rose in the early hours of the morning (as per usual) then packed our bags for a forest adventure. Amongst our countless blessings, we are fortunate enough to have onboard two people doing a project that led us to Kiatoke National Forest.
March 03, 2015
Happy Chreaster Y’all, I’m turning 7!
I’m sorry if this holiday does not mean anything to you, but it means something to my friends, me, and my family. It’s a long story that starts with my heart attack in 8th grade and me saying “Not today, Death!” (according to my longtime friend Edward, although I think he might be exaggerating) and ends with me celebrating it as my “other birthday” each year. It’s a positive day, don’t worry.
March 02, 2015
A sunny and windy day in Wellington
My morning started out with a different sort of wake up than I’ve had on the ship. To a groggy and blurry eyed me, Sienna and Charlotte sang “Happy Birthday” with their lovely voices. Although startling, it was a pleasant surprise. To continue my birthday celebrations, Elliot gave me a gift in the form of a deck practical exam. While it was probably not the best present I have ever gotten, it was fun to see what we’ve learned these past couple of weeks. We were tested on things like line handling, tying knots, points of sail, and the crowd favorite, putting on an immersion suit.
March 01, 2015
The Scholar Ship
As the historian on board, I’d like to take a few paragraphs and put our voyage into a broader context, as we sail in the wake of some really interesting mariners, beginning with the Polynesians who crossed the Pacific in double-hulled voyaging canoes and arrived in New Zealand around 800 years ago. What the Maori found here was very different from what they left behind on tropical islands like Tahiti, as New Zealand has a temperate climate.
February 28, 2015
Greetings friends and family from warm, sunny Port Underwood! After nearly two weeks on the high seas we made anchorage early this morning on the tip of the Southern Island. Being able to walk from one end of the ship to the other in a straight line was a nice change and gave those of us with weaker sea legs a brief respite from the rolling swells of the previous days. We plan on setting sail for Wellington tomorrow morning and we all look forward to some time on dry land.