Monday Morning we woke up and finished packing our duffels and got a
surprise visit from Brooks, Heidi T, John B, and Derek. We ate breakfast all as a group and then went for a walk to the beach with Heidi, JB and Derek. We came back to the ‘North Pole’ at SEA. The crew (us) helped toss packed duffle bags and backpacks into the Proctor van. My bag was so heavy but I was able to fit my fowlies and all of my gear in with my shoes and boots tied to the side. I was not on watch, so after lunch, which was leftover pizza and sandwiches, I was able to chill with Riley and Cass and accidently fell asleep. But when they got up to be the first group to the Ship. I woke up and was a part of the first shuttle to the boat. Cass, Ryan, Tallulah, Sophie, Riley and I were the first group. Once we got to the dock, we found all of our bags in a pile on the dock and collected and dragged ours to the gangway. Johnny the chief mate told us what we were doing and then Ryan was the first aboard, Cass was the second and I was the third. I came down through the Mid Science ladder and got my bunk assignment. I usually have the worst luck so I was expecting to not get a great bunk but to my surprise, I got the best bunk and the best bunk mate, Ryan! I am not directly in the Saloon or the head; I am right in-between next to the galley entrance. I am on the top bunk and have the most storage space than any other bunk. I defiantly couldn’t use all of the space I was given so for folks whose bunks could not fit their duffels after unpacking, I stored in my bunk. Some student’s barely got any space so I was more than happy to help out! It turns out this bunk has a nick name… ‘The Princess Bunk’. I slept great the first night, the professional crew was so nice and let us all get a full night of sleep before we set sail.
First Actual Day: I woke up from a great night of sleep! ‘A’ watch was on first to help get the boat ready for departure. I was accidently woken up because Madi Zhan is ‘A’ watch and I (Mattie Dickinson) is on ‘B’ watch. Funny right! Oh well it wasn’t the worst because I was able to get to the head before the rush! Then I got some Tea and waited for my watch to get breakfast. Once breakfast was down the hatch, all hands to deck were called to set sail. Since I am on ‘B’ watch our job was fendering; we held the lines the fenders were on and helped walk and bump the boat out of the dock. Jen the director at SEA and SEA faculty watched us leave Woods hole and say goodbye.
First Leg Underway: We have finally set sail after 3 ½ weeks of waiting! We traveled a few hours to Nantucket and anchored for the night. During the day we did 2 hour watch shifts so everyone knew or had an idea on the jobs and positions we have on watch. We learned how to stand lookout, do a boat check, science deployments and stand helm. Once we were done with first rounds of the intro watches we ate some dinner. The overnight into the next day, ‘C’ and ‘A’ watch had 2 hour watch shifts from 1900 – 0700. Then ‘B’ watch (Noah, Teo, Liam, Tess, Paige, Riley, and Me) stood watch for 6 hours after a rare all-nighter of sleep. It was exhausting we got relieved at 1300 the got some lunch. I took a good but quick nap from 1330-1415. Then we had an all hands meeting and received a weather, science, and navigation report. While the reporting, we were interrupted multiple times with dolphins, whales, sharks and Mola mola’s (sunfish). Those sightings continued throughout the afternoon. I am sitting here on deck waiting 45 minutes for dinner before I sleep from 1830-2330 for my 0100-0700 watch. My hands are tired and sore like the rest of my body. They have started to callus from all the line handling. And guess what…!!!! WE GOT MAIL TODAY!!!!! All of us were so excited to receive mail!!! So keep it coming!!