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Logged on Wednesday October 22, 2014
Spending 5 days on the water and not being able to see land is an experience like no other. As you look out over the empty horizon you feel as if you, the ship and the others with you are the only ones on the planet. Occasional ships passed by, reassuring that we were not the only people alive. Dolphins also swam by, welcoming our company and putting on a show every so often. As I stood on deck at 2100 watching the moon slowly rise above the horizon, dolphins began to put on a surreal aerial show as their silhouettes danced in the moon light. Never before have I seen anything as comparable to that almost unimaginable sight that I luckily witnessed. The sea is full of surprises, and I wonder what more can I expect from the unpredictable ocean?
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Logged on Sunday October 19, 2014
Our last port of call was Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia. On Tuesday and Wednesday while our friends back at Proctor were in classes, we spent the days exploring this beautiful island. My favorite part was getting to spend time both afternoons playing on the beach and body surfing in the waves.
On Tuesday afternoon after we had spent time playing in the waves and enjoying the beach, it was time to return to the ship. During our walk back a thunderstorm rolled in and it started to pour. Rather than trying to hide under our backpacks, we all embraced the rain. Even though we (and all of our stuff) got soaking wet, we all had a fun trek back to the boat because everyone made the most of it.
On Wednesday after we took a group picture in a large oak tree, we all donned our bathing suits and headed for the 17.5-mile stretch of white sand beach. As I took my sunglasses off and put my hair back in preparation for a competitive game of capture the flag, I glanced down at my watch and it read 1435 (2:35 for all you land lubbers). Then it hit me…THIS IS SCHOOL. Hundreds of miles North of here, my friends are sitting in classrooms. Here I am chasing fiddler crabs around a marsh trying to pick them up and measure their claws, or I am playing a game of capture the flag and body surfing waves in the 80 degree ocean and it is school!
We all really enjoyed getting to spend a few days with Dave Pilla and we were sad to see him leave us. But as we hang out our soaked clothes to dry and pass around pictures taken over the last two days, we get ready for our next adventure in Charleston, South Carolina.
Logged on Monday October 13, 2014
A little before the sunset on Friday I was looking out for boats with my bow watch partner and we spotted some dolphins. We went to the rail and watched them swim towards us. Then they turned and started swimming alongside the bow of our boat. They were close enough to our boat that I could have touched them if I had a stick. They were just at the surface and I could see every detail of their speckled bodies through the clear water. They were the North Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, and they were riding our bow wake. They do this because the boat pushes them and they can travel large distances with less effort. It was awesome for us to see dolphins swimming and jumping out of the water up close. There were about seven of them total on both sides of the bow. They stayed with us for half an hour and it was an amazing sight to see.
Logged on Wednesday October 8, 2014
Baltimore is a great city. Before my time there with Ocean Classroom, I had only been to the airport and never had a chance to explore. We docked right outside of the Baltimore Aquarium and our spot had a beautiful view of the inner harbor and the skyline of downtown. Our group had only gotten a glimpse of the city the day before, so we were all eager to finally roam around. Our first activity following morning exercise and breakfast was a “behind the scenes” tour of the Pride of Baltimore II, a beautiful tribute to the type of warships used in the war of 1812. The boat was definitely different than ours, it looked more spacious and comfortable but it didn’t have the same feel as Roseway. I guess every ship has its own unique vibe, and nothing compares to your own.
Afterwards, we were assigned a project documenting the essence of daily life in the Fells Point neighborhood. Fells Point was a cool area. It had the upbeat, unique, nostalgic presence that one strives to find in an urban environment. The buildings displayed historic architecture, the people were extremely friendly, and the town was beautiful from its views of the harbor to the cobblestone streets. We lucked out. The day when we explored the town was having the “Fells Point Fair.” It had everything one could ask for in a festival… good food, stands with free souvenirs, a concert in town center and loads of people from all over who were eager to have a good time. It is funny being exposed to society after being at sea for extended periods of time. You tend to remember the luxuries of being ashore, and realize that they aren’t all that is important to your happiness. For example, I got a chance to see a TV for the first time in a month and I wasn’t that excited. I have learned to connect more with the natural world, and now other forms of entertainment are of less significance. As we got underway later that evening, I felt a little disappointed. It was bittersweet to leave but I was also optimistic about our future voyage. In every port the experiences are unique and they just seem to get better. I am definitely looking forward to what comes next.
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Logged on Friday October 3, 2014
Today our hard-working sailors spent the morning at the KIPP School in Baltimore, visiting middle and elementary school classes, sharing their experiences at sea, and assisting in the science classes. The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a nationwide network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory schools in under-resourced communities throughout the U.S. Our Ocean Classroom students, accompanied by Captain Tom, felt like rock-stars as they talked about where they were from and how they had sailed to Baltimore. The KIPP students were thrilled.
As we practice creating a strong community on board Roseway, it’s a great thing to be able to share those values in the broader communities we visit. For a photo journal of the day, click here.
Logged on Saturday September 27, 2014
The first couple of days aboard the Roseway were without a doubt overwhelming. We were immediately thrown into being working hands aboard the ship, and it was definitely something that was hard to prepare for. But as soon as we set sail, I looked up at the majestic red sails that all 33 of us had raised. This was the moment that I had been waiting for… our journey had begun.
Today is only our fourth day aboard Roseway and she already feels like home to me. Every single one of my senses is on high alert aboard this ship. I can feel the slow rocking back and forth as the floorboards creak and shake from the mighty wind forced upon the sail. The moist salty air and cool wind graze my face as I repeat the commands given by Captain Tom with a strong and mighty voice. The waves crash over the hull as we heave the salty ropes and strengthen the sails above us. In just a few days, these senses have become normal. Our crew keeps getting closer and closer, and our knowledge of Roseway broadens everyday. This is our home, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
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Logged on Monday September 22, 2014
On this beautiful fall day in New England, atop the sparkling water and beneath the bright blue sky, a great adventure begins. This afternoon, twenty-one juniors and seniors from New Hampshire’s Proctor Academy, embarked on the 2014 Ocean Classroom program aboard Roseway. Joining forces with the World Ocean School, Proctor delivered an energetic and focused group of students to begin a semester-long journey at sea from Gloucester, Massachusetts to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
After stowing their gear, getting acquainted with the ship, and giving their parents hugs goodbye, the students helped Roseway‘s stalwart crew drop lines and set sail into the early evening. After a good night sleep amid anchor watches, they will head for Stellwagen Bank in search of whales tomorrow. From them, only the wind knows…
Click here for some video footage of the departure day…
Logged on Wednesday September 10, 2014
On Monday and Tuesday, 35 5th graders from the Harvard Kent School in Charlestown took a trip to Gloucester to see Roseway out of the water at the Gloucester Marine Railway Shipyard. They took a tour of the shipyard and learned about the repairs that are taking place. They then headed over to Maritime Gloucester to tour and learn about Roseway‘s sister ship, schooner Adventure and explore the touch tank aquarium at the Maritime center.
All of these 5th graders sailed on Roseway the prior school year and they loved seeing Roseway again, under these different conditions. These students also work with Community Boat Building to use their science and math skills to build a row boat during the school year. We look forward to seeing 5th graders from the Haley Pilot School on Friday and Monday of next week up in Gloucester!
Logged on Friday August 29, 2014
Waking up early was a struggle, but then we woke up the rest of the crew thanks to Ike’s interesting sound effects. We raised the flags and then started the day off with 55 I’m A Stars and a talk about Leadership. Then we led the crew in raising sails, raising the anchor, and coiling. Then we took over on active watch with bow watch and boat checks. Everyone one else started eating breakfast, but we continued on with boat checks and bow watch until they relieved us and we could eat. We learned about conservation, whales, buoyancy, and raced tying knots during Seamanship. During reading and reflection we had a discussion with Greg about what we were most proud of, what we regret most, and what we could do better for the last 18 hours. We saw whales and a sunfish. We finished up strong and we are ready to meet our goals for tomorrow!
Logged on Thursday August 28, 2014
Today we were the first to wake up to a beautiful sunrise. As we optimistically woke up, we wiped the crust out of our eyes and welcomed the sun. We were on active watch so some of us were doing boat checks and others raised the flags. The anchor chain got jammed as we were trying to haul it up and we had to pull it out with the rope all together as one to bring it up. Alex and John flaked the chain as it was being hauled up. We set sails and after had an amazing breakfast (aka the bacon). As we set sail the ocean got really rough and water splashed over the boat and gave us kisses. We got drenched as we learned about waves and weather patterns. After we anchored in province town we all hesitantly got into the ocean where there was a strong current. After that we had taco Wednesday and it was delicious as almost all of us went up for seconds. Towards the middle of our chores another sailboat came towards us and shot blanks from their mini cannon, which scared us at first. Once we knew it was meant as a greeting, we shot back as a salute. As we end the day we will read our madlibs from our last nights watch. And now we are reading our log and head to sleep!!