The Ship is Full

February 25, 2023

Chief Scientist – Jeffrey M. Schell

Students Lila, Una and Rosie strike a pose in their new safety harnesses, along with Dr. Mikki.
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Students Lila, Una and Rosie strike a pose in their new safety harnesses, along with Dr. Mikki.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
17deg 32.2’ S x 149deg 34.2’W

Ship Heading & Speed
NA

Log
0.0 miles

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan (from 1300 Watch Change)
Typical tropical weather at these latitudes 17.5 degrees south. Southern hemisphere summer.

Description of Location
Alongside Pape’ete, Tahiti

Souls on Board

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The colors of Pape’ete Market
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The colors of Pape’ete Market

Welcome to the SSV Robert C. Seamans! The students and crew have now merged as one shipboard community. We are now a compliment of 18 student-crew and 17 professional crew – a full ship’s compliment – our crew for the upcoming voyage. We all spent the night onboard, comfortably alongside the dock in Pape’ete, Tahiti.

Our ship is also full of food thanks to the efforts, Cat and Gracie, our amazing stewards. They have been provisioning the ship by visiting the local market each day this past week. Soon the students will be rotating into the galley to assist with the daily cooking and cleaning, but for now the students were able to help the galley team by making one final provisioning run to the market. Each Watch of students was given a small amount of local cash and a shopping list. In no time the ship’s small grocery wagon was full of zucchini, bunches of mint and basil, loads of lettuce greens, star fruit and more coconuts, never enough coconuts! And the beneficiary of our steward’s planning and culinary skills are a bunch of full bellies!

Life aboard an SEA ship is also full. Full of learning opportunities and responsibilities. Before departing from Tahiti there have been a series of training rotations to prepare each student for their role as a member of the crew. They have learned how to properly wear their safety harness, which allowed them to safely practice deploying scientific equipment and climbing into the head rig to furl the jib sail. The students have also trained on how to keep the ship safe with the hourly Boat Check, how to make weather observations, and what to do during various emergency scenarios such as fire or abandon ship.

And after all of this training guess what else is full, their minds, stuffed full of important information! Some of it will stick, some will be lost during a restful night of sleep. But these lessons will become second nature as the days at sea go by and the routine of the ship schedule, the sailing and the science mission progresses. Soon the students will be seasoned salts speaking a new language and describing the strange customs of the sailing, research vessel SSV Robert C. Seamans.

So please stay tuned and follow along in our adventures in the days to come.

Cheers
Schelly, Chief Scientist - Jeffrey M. Schell

PS Sweet dreams to my darling rose and love to family and friends back home.

Students, Ben, Flora, Massi, Una, Sophie, and Eden learn to furl the jib sail just so with assistance from Mate-in-Training Olivia and Chief Mate Krista.
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Students, Ben, Flora, Massi, Una, Sophie, and Eden learn to furl the jib sail just so with assistance from Mate-in-Training Olivia and Chief Mate Krista.

Student Sofie learns to dance with our hydrowinch with the help Shay at the controls and Lila watching the winch display. Part of J-Crew Science team, Jenna and Jordan, are there for the assist.
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Student Sofie learns to dance with our hydrowinch with the help Shay at the controls and Lila watching the winch display. Part of J-Crew Science team, Jenna and Jordan, are there for the assist.

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