The SSV Robert C Seamans began making port in American Samoa two years ago, this being their third trip. The sailing ship is a research vessel facilitating education and research throughout the Pacific region, more here... http://www.sea.edu/ships_crew/seamans
While the ship is in harbor they open it up to the public for tours, Noah enjoyed playing Captain and pulling on every lever within reach.
As the ship is preparing to sail off to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand they conducted a brief sail to demonstrate data collection methods to local students. Dad was lucky enough to be invited to tag along. We were on the water for about five hours and the crew conducted five data collection exercises. These included collecting sediment, water and small marine species (like plankton).
We motored out of the harbor and then the crew had the students run up three sails and we began to sail. They strategically utilized only three sails to maintain a slow speed for collecting specimens. Its too bad they didn't run up all the sails, but that is a very big undertaking.... you can see that it is pretty awesome when they do.
In the picture below you can see the students and crew have a skimmer net deployed to collect small ocean life at the surface.
The ships crew were helpful and very friendly, theses little voyages are completely free and promote marine awareness and education. It is an amazing opportunity for college students to try life at sea and have an amazing experience, I can only wish I had such an opportunity and encourage anyone interested to reach out to them through the website given at the top of this post.
.... and in NOAH NEWS: Noah got a scooter and can not be separated from it!
The Jaskowiak Family
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