SEA Currents: s274
July 13, 2017
We Are Alone
We have now sailed for more than 24 hours under sail and wind alone, without the engine which, as one of my shipmates rejoiced means no more half-hour engine checks; we were even able to set the tops’l for a time. More sails will have to wait for a change in course or wind, no matter how eagerly we await more sails.
July 12, 2017
Life at Sea
You’ll have to pardon the quality of the photograph, but I wanted to post it because it says a great deal about our voyage so far and what’s to come. We are now about 350 nm north of American Samoa and sailing to the east of the islands of Tokelau en route to the Phoenix Islands.
That’s Ian Kasaitis at the helm in the photograph. He is a biology major from McDaniel University. I took the photograph at a little after six this morning.
July 11, 2017
Finding Our Sea Legs
After preparation over the weekend, we have finally set sail from American Samoa on Monday. The past two days were very challenging for me and for everybody. Physically, our bodies were getting used to the constant waving motion and the varying schedule. Psychologically, we need to apply what we have learned on shore and over the weekend to our daily tasks and duties and constantly learn new things while combating with seasickness and tiredness.
July 10, 2017
S-274 Gets Underway
It has been an eventful first day here on the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Morning activities for student participants were filled with an enlightening and refreshing walking tour to the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center in Pago Pago, American Samoa. During our visit, our crew had the unique opportunity to speak personally with Fisheries Observer and Biologist, Michael Marsik, from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Tuna canneries on the island of Tutuila provide many jobs for American Samoans, so it was invaluable that Marsik could provide us with excellent background information on local tuna fishing methods and regulations.
July 09, 2017
Class S-274 has spent the past couple days learning about their new home, the beautiful ship SSV Robert C. Seamans. During this shore-side orientation in American Samoa, students have learned about aloft safety, science operations, cleaning routines, boat checks, sail handling, line safety, meal routines, and a host of other important things that will set them up for success when we leave the dock tomorrow afternoon.
July 08, 2017
All the students of class S-274: Protecting the Phoenix Islands, have boarded the SSV Robert C. Seamans alongside in Pago Pago, American Samoa. First order of business: a good night’s sleep after a long flight!
June 29, 2017
S-274: Protecting the Phoenix Islands
The students of S-274, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in American Samoa, by July 7th. They will return to American Samoa around August 11th, after 3 port stops in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, scheduled to be Kanton, Nikamuroru, and Orona.