SEA Currents: s276
Fair Winds Salps, Secchi, and S-276
Today is the day, we set sail but this time not on a six-week adventure in the South Pacific, but instead we set sail back home, returning to our universities, transferring to new universities or starting Basic Training. No matter where we are going, we, the students of S-276, will always be taking the memories and experiences with us in ways we have never known coming into this before.
Anchor Watch Reflections
Lindsey here, reporting from the deck of the good Robert C. Seamans and fresh from lone 2200-2300 anchor watch. It was a quiet watch tonight- today marks the end of all of our schoolwork with a final round of research presentations, and the students are finally free from the stress of getting those last few leadership journal entries written down and the final paragraphs of their MHC paragraphs reviewed and edited.
Track Tramping & Christmas Spirit
With Christmas decorations up in the galley, cookies being decorated, and the hum of “Winter Wonderland” being sung, I’m feeling the holiday spirit even in the New Zealand summer heat! As finals week (loose use of the term here, just look at the photo from yesterday) comes to an end, everyone on board is in high spirits and soaking up all the goodness of life on board the Robert C. Seamans.
Days of our lives
As we make our way closer to Auckland, some signs that this trip will end are unfortunately starting to appear. Science deployments and data collection have tapered off, the stresses of project work are in full swing, and I’m hearing conversations about life after the trip.
I’m reluctant to mention any of this at all because time might catch wind of it and might tick by faster-which would be cruel.
A day in the life
The wonderful crew, led by Kerry, took over the galley so I could get an evening off. I used this time to finally read the blog and decided to add to it.
It was, overall, a lovely day on the Seaman’s. It was field day, which for me as the steward means handing out candy.
Marine Spatial Planning Update
As ocean resources gain value to various different groups, a variety of stakeholders are vying for access and control of these ocean goods. Interested stakeholders range from fisherman to recreational users, conservationists, and industries such as shipping and oil acquisition. As the limited oceanic space becomes congested with these different interests, comprehensive planning is needed in order for them to co-exist safely across the marine environment.
A Sunny Day
Today was our final day in Napier and after a morning free to explore we took a group field trip to the Napier Aquarium. We brought them zooplankton and phytoplankton samples from our student mission to sample from the spring in the middle of Hawke Bay from a few days ago, and we got a guided tour of the site. The first thing that we saw was the penguin feeding time.
For the Birds
Your friendly neighborhood salt-dog here again, reporting on one of the more beautiful and decidedly terrestrial days the Seamans crew has seen yet. We had a free day in odd, quaint Napier, a town about half-committed to its art deco history so it looks something like a forgotten Disneyland for adults.
A small reflection on the open ocean
Hello from Napier!
This morning was a busy morning as we arrived in Napier. It was the end of our mission and A watch was on duty when we struck all of the sails and motored in to dock at the Port of Napier. The Port of Napier turns out to be a largely commercial port and we are currently surrounded by large mounds of timber, piles of shipping containers, and cargo ships.
A big “Ahoy, matey!” from the deck of the Robert C. Seamans! As we reach the 3-week mark of our open ocean cruise, your favorite pirates are getting comfortable with life at sea and the trappings that come along with work on a tall-masted ship. Although we are scraping the dregs of the reefer and pining for fresh vegetables, don’t fret – unlike voyagers in the 17th and 18th centuries, we aren’t suffering from scurvy quite yet!
After dinner last night, Captain Bill called a mysterious meeting to discuss an exciting activity that we would be participating in today.