The past few days aboard Roseway have been quite invigorating. With Hurricane Joaquin approaching the weather has been furious providing the ship with plentiful rainfall, steady winds (varying from 20-40 kts) and surprisingly cold weather. We have been embracing the storm and enjoying watch bonding; getting closer and closer with each task set before us. Classes have been engaging, we have loved learning about navigation, whales, and colonial powers. Many of us have also begun selecting our science research project subjects and are excited to begin collecting data.
Yesterday we visited the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. We were given a tour of the campus and got to learn more about the school. In addition we were ecstatic to have the opportunity to work in their library. The librarians set up wifi and laptops so we could use the internet as well as books to research our projects. Also we were surprised with a gift of hot water showers in the CGA locker rooms. Finally we ended the evening with a quick stop at a grocery store where many people picked up their favorite snack to enjoy on our walk. We then headed to Walgreens to pick up any essential items we needed aboard Roseway.
The rain has not managed to dampen our spirits yet. While C watch was on anchor watch they happily sang sea shanties to keep their morale up. With 6 ukuleles on board it’s not uncommon to hear Noah or Scott merrily break into song. Cups of hot coco and Collin’s sweet treats make it easy to smile through the seemingly unfortunate weather we are experiencing.