SEA Currents: s268
Coming to You Live from the Line Chase!
Hey everyone, Alison here again! It’s been another fabulous day aboard the Robert C. Seamans. We’ve spent the last few days tirelessly attempting to evade the rains of the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), and we’ve finally made it. At about 5° north latitude, we have pushed passed its southern border. Hopefully, that will mean blue skies and clear sailing from here on out. With a change in the wind (from NE to SE), we’ve had to motor sail, using our engine to keep us on course to PIPA.
Life at SEA
Dear family and friends,
We’re coming to you live from the middle of the ocean. We’ve just exited the ITCZ, leaving the clouds, rain, and squalls behind. Crossing the ITCZ only lasted dawn watch while most of us were fast asleep.
It’s my Birthday…Blog
Twenty years ago I was born at 1:07 am. On the ship this morning, we had to set our clocks an hour ahead at 1 am so, technically, I had 2 birthdays. So…that means I’m 21 now right?
All kidding aside, it has been a wonderful birthday. I had dawn watch and when I stumbled my way up on deck, I was greeted by an overwhelming amount of “Happy Birthday’s”. My crewmates are lovely every day, but the love and appreciation from everyone skyrockets when it’s your birthday here.
Learning to Walk Again
Hello to all you landlubbers back home! It’s Corinna here, reporting on what’s been going on aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans for the past 24 hours. Before our shift on watch today, B watch met with Henry for the first time for our Conservation and Management class period. We discussed our policy topics and the assigned readings. Right before watch today, Will ran up to inform me that a huge wave crashed through the air vent and had soaked my bed. I walked in to Sleepy Hollow to find out that I was not the only one whose rack had fallen victim to a gigantic wave.
Busy Day on the Boat
Ben here writing this blog post in the spirit of my journal entries, which often come a day late!
Per usual there was a lot going on today. I woke up from my post dawn watch slumber to a delicious lunch. Morgan, the steward, and Corinna, our assistant steward for the day, prepared the tuna from last night beautifully. The seared skipjack was accompanied with pickled ginger and wasabi and was my favorite meal on the boat thus far!
48 Hours Later…
Ahoy! We have officially been sailing the ocean blue for over 48 hours on this beautiful ship. So far, we have learned some line and sail handling, shared some delicious meals, deployed hydrocasts and plankton tows, experienced a fair amount of vivid boat dreams during our few hours asleep, and cleaned our little hearts out. On our first day, we launched from Aloha Tower and hoisted some sails to get underway.
Battling Seasickness and Deploying Science
Well, it’s been an interesting first few days on the Robert C. Seamans as S-268 begins our journey towards the Phoenix Islands Protected Area and eventually American Samoa. After finally setting sail from Honolulu yesterday, everyone has started the process of finding their sea legs. Those that were knocked down for the count during yesterday’s watch are up and moving today, which is always a good sign.
S-268, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, Begins!
The ship’s company for the voyage to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area is safely on board. That makes it 40 of us, 23 students, 8 SEA crew members, 4 SEA scientists, 3 WHOI and New England Aquarium visiting scientists, a policy teaching fellow and an official observer from the nation of Kiribati. The ship is full, and after 24 hours of dockside orientation and safety training we are about to cast off the lines and head to the high seas.
S-268: Protecting the Phoenix Islands
The students of S-268, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Hawaii by Sunday, July 3rd. They will end their voyage in American Samoa around Friday, August 12th, with multiple port stops in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.