The Ship's Log

July 12: Summer Pathways Aboard Roseway

Logged on Monday July 14, 2014

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Today we started with 10 “I’m a stars”. At first, we felt like that activity was childish, but it was actually a great way to start off this adventure. We were broken up into 3 groups and walked onto the ship. We were all very excited, yet nervous to embark on the new experience. Before departing, we learned a lot about how the ship works. Once we were out on the water, we got to help pull up the sails, which was very cool! We each got one fruit and nuts granola bar and devoured them because we were so hungry and couldn’t wait till dinner. Group A got to set up for dinner and eat first. We all ate the lovely, fantastic chicken pot pie with veggies and fruit. We didn’t really think about how cold it was because the food was so good. We all were excited what desert had in store for us next. We ate the wonderful desert and no one threw up. The sunset and moon were gorgeous and you could see the Boston skyline.

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It was a good experience to be exposed to how the crew worked together: their communication and how things worked well. All exited to climb the rigging and the bowsprit. It was also interesting to see how many times they check the boat at night and how it was cool to play a part in that; the view was spectacular. We’re also excited for when the boat sets sail again and be a major part of it. Everyone (including the crew) is very friendly and the telling of the history of the Roseway was captivating. There’s a lot of rigorous work on the boat, from knowing what knots to use to actually maintaining it. We enjoyed doing activities together and taking time to know each other as a group.

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After a semi-restful night taking turns on anchor watch, we ate a delicious breakfast. After having breakfast we worked together as a team on the morning boat chores. We cleaned the deck and operated the fire hose. We had to use a lot of strength to pull the sails into position. Next, we had an interesting lesson about navigation. The coolest part of the morning was climbing onto the bowsprit and enjoying the calm sea. The weather was beautiful and cooperative. We were all thankful that there was no rain. It was also interesting to perform a boat check, seeing the different bilges and the engine room. We had bow watch duties and helped the captain steer. Our favorite part of the afternoon was facing our fears and climbing the rig. The view was fantastic. Finally, we calculated the speed of the boat using a unique method of dropping crackers off of the boat, and we learned a brief history of Boston Harbor. It was a great experience to work as a group and start off our week at Summer Pathways.

June 28: Revere Kids Master Sail-Training

Logged on Friday June 27, 2014

revereThis past week Revere students from three different middle schools joined the Roseway crew for a week of team building, learning, and adventure. The students spent the week learning seamanship skills, such as tying knots and doing boat checks, learning the science and math behind sailing, writing poetry and supporting each other while climbing up the rig and out on the bowsprit. The Roseway crew loved working with these students and seeing their inquisitiveness grow each day. We were impressed by their desire to know about everything that was going on around them and their willingness to help out whenever possible. We are also impressed that these students will spend all of next week with their teachers who will be reinforcing academics learned on board, as was as the teamwork and community values– all during their first week of summer vacation!!

I  learned how to speak up and not be shy while on the Roseway. I missed the first day and I was really nervous but other kids helped me out and cheered me on which was nice.     -Kim Cano (13)

 I usually prefer to work alone but I felt respected within my groups and we used good communication to work together as a team.     - Makayla Trickett (13)




June 20: What A Week!

Logged on Friday June 20, 2014

20140619_134700Summer has hit Boston in all it’s glory. We’ve got a strong breeze, sunny skies, and lot’s of energetic kids on board.

This week we welcomed three Boston schools on board: Eliot School, MATCH Charter School, and Josiah Quincy School ranging from 4th-graders to high schoolers. Students were challenged in hands-on academics, inspired to test their courage and trust by climbing the rig, and encouraged to develop their team-building skills throughout the week.

Tomorrow may officially be the first day of summer, but we’ve had summer awesome-ness on board all week!


June 15: Boy Scout Troop 10 Aboard!

Logged on Monday June 16, 2014

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Lexington Boy Scout troop 10 boarded the Roseway Saturday morning. They were greeted by eight enthusiastic crew members, who had prepared multiple engaging activities. Smaller groups were able to help raise the sails, which weighed around 4,000 pounds! Later scouts enjoyed activites such as climbing the rig, learning about simple machines, how the sails worked, and played a rigged game of tug-of-war. Scouts were also able to hang out on the bow sprit. Lunch, and dinner were served on the ship before arriving at Lovell’s Island, in the Boston Harbor. Scouts learned about boat navigation, and the history of the Boston Harbor, and the actual Roseway ship. Also, scouts were able to help steer the ship, and help with the active watch and filling out the transit log. All in all the scouts had a very eye-opening experience in learning how the life of a sailor is.

B Watch Ship’s Log

We got onto the dock and raised sails of the boat. It was easier the second time to raise the sails. We learned a lot of history about the Roseway. It was scary when we went up on the rig. We had to climb out on the bow sprit, it was awesome. We feel  like real sailor boys now. We learned about a lot of different names for parts of the boat. The stern is the back, the starboard is the right, the bow is the front, and the port is the left. The four sails are the mainsail, foresail, jumbo, jib. We got to practice signaling the captain when we were on active watch. Our job was to show the captain if there was something coming up in the path of the boat. We worked really hard on cleaning the boat. We had a knot tying competition, and C watch cheated so they won. I think we all know who the real winners were. Our cheer goes like this, “BZZZZ B WATCH!!!!” Zac got his gum taken away. The sailing was very different today, because there is actually wind, where as yesterday there was an utter lack of wind. This turn of events led us to move faster today than yesterday. Docking was fun. We were nervous that we were going to hit the dock. The water was very shallow. Leeroy felt sad because it snowed. L

C Watch Ship’s  Log

We got on to the boat.  We then raised the sails. We had lunch. It was good. We learned about simple machines and  played a rigged game of tug of war. We then went on the bowsprint. Zeno threw up couple of times. We were on bow watch. We steered the boat. We climbed the rig. We had dinner it was good. We had Hot Dogs, beans, and fruit salad. Then we got off. We got back on the boat. Then we had breakfast. We had sausages,  sandwiches,and a banana. Then we had a knot competition were we tied with A watch. Some of us steered the boat again. Now we are typng this.

June 1: School at Sea

Logged on Sunday June 1, 2014

Christa_McAulliffeSaturday: We first arrived and did “I’m A Stars.” We were divided into three groups- A, B and C Watch. We got a tour of the boat and learned about all the different safety features. We unpacked our things and were kind of surprised at the size of our bunks. They were a little on the smaller side. We cast off shore and raised the sails. It was tough work. As we sailed out of the harbor, we tied knots and learned about the history of Roseway. Some of the knots were complex and others were easy and a breeze. The weather was at first really hot. We were all sweating. As the day progressed, the temperature dropped. We all piled on layers of clothes due to the amount of shivering. Since the boat is made of wood, there is a lot of creaking and a lot of fire extinguishers. Dinner was delicious and then we did chores.  

Sunday: The boat rocked and rolled last night and falling asleep was tough. We were woken for our anchor watches. It was chilly outside, but the sky was beautifully clear. After a quick cookie, we checked all the bilges, including the one in the engine room. The door looked like a regular cabinet in the galley, but it had a magical land called the engine room. It was very warm down there and we check our waste and fuel levels. Both were good. We checked the anchor to make sure the chain was taut. We checked out bearings using a handheld compass to make sure we hadn’t drifted. We checked the amps and voltages on the ships batteries. All was well and we happily went back to sleep. This morning, we woke up to clear skies and warm temps. We did 15 “I’m A Stars.” Then, as C-Watch, we set up the dishes for breakfast. The monkey bread was heavenly. After breakfast we washed the dishes and other washed the cabin, the deck and the fishhold. Alyssa is looking forward to the mysteries the day beholds. Aden is looking forward to raising the sails again. Scotia and Gracyn are looking forward to climbing the rig and our Roseway watch leader is excited to teach us about navigation, trade routes, simple machines, lift, Boston Harbor history, Deer Island water treatment and so much more. 

May 23: Weathering the weather and loving it

Logged on Friday May 23, 2014

IMG_2351At the start we were anxious, but then it mostly went away. People were scared because there was a lot to take in and the boat was rocking. We started with a tour of the boat, and got our bunks situated. We learned how to and then completed the task of raising the sails.  Then we learned how to tie knots, like the figure eight and square knots.  After that we learned about the history of the Roseway (that it was built in 1925).  Raising the sails was easy at first but then it became more difficult the higher the sail went.  It was a lot of fun but you can feel the ship sway back and forth a lot.  Dinner was delicious, but there were chores to be completed before and after the meal.  Dishes had to be washed, the kitchen cleaned, and the area where we ate scrubbed.  We are excited to get out of the harbor tomorrow.

May 21: Freedom Found at Sea

Logged on Wednesday May 21, 2014

10362859_10152224491863495_3502251969442618211_n-1It is currently noon on a clear day, as it has been all night and morning, after B watch has finished cleaning up after a meal of curry, watermelon, and sesame chicken sandwiches. Over the course of the day, B watch has already sailed further out into the ocean, passing out of the bay before returning on the same course. We’ve sailed out further than the Boston light, as we were passing we analyzed aspects of direction and mapping as a group, triangulating our location on a chart. Additionally, our group went out on the bowsprit, some thoughts on that from group members: “it was terrifying but exciting.”- Jared. “It was awesome.”-Derek. “It was a sense of false freedom in a claustrophobic small world.”- Eleanor. We found a school of fish! During out time on bow watch, we took the job of signaling the captain for every lobster trap, boat and newspaper that came our way. Meanwhile, one at a time, we would steer the vessel at the helm while chatting with the captain. Prior to that, we learned about simple tools and mechanical advantage, and in a four-to-one tug of war, the team of one, Derek, was able to win against the group, giving us a clear demonstration of mechanical advantage. As a final thought, “As the crew returns to port, mixed feelings arise, think on that as we conclude our final day on Roseway.

May 19: Christa McAuliffe Regional Public Charter School Under Sail

Logged on Tuesday May 20, 2014

photoThis morning we woke up at 0800 after a long but fun night of anchor watch. Each of us were woken up for hour long shifts with a Roseway crew member. We did a boat check and learned and saw some new terms and parts of the boat, wrote a Roseway rap and ate a delicious cookie. We ate breakfast all together and broke into our watch groups to do chores. After chores the anchor was raised and we heaved and hoed to raise the 4 sails together. As we sailed in around the Boston Harbor islands we learned about lift, buoyancy, simple machines and got to climb the rig! Some of us were scared but we all made it up! One of the groups were a little delayed in getting to go because the wind got really fast and huge waves were crashing all around us. It was all part of the adventure. Nate made us sandwiches for lunch with warm rice and beans which was delicious for a chilly day at sea. We also learned about the history of Boston Harbor, Deer Island, and trade routes and different boats- schooner, sloop and square rigged ship. Just so you know Roseway is a schooner. We will drop the sails and dock back at Rowes Wharf soon. We wish that we could stay for longer.

May 17: Sailing Out Into the Rain

Logged on Saturday May 17, 2014

imageWe left school at around 2:30 pm and headed to Boston where we tested the water with chemicals to find the PH levels, turbidity, nitrate, and phosphorous content at Fan Pier. We also walked around the city with life jackets on, which was embarrassing but funny. We got on Roseway with a little anxiety about what we were getting ourselves into for the night, but that anxiety quickly faded once we raised the mainsail, foresail, jumbo and the job. We also learned about nautical terminology, line coiling and the history of Roseway from the crew. For dinner we had shepherds pie, salad, and apple crisp for desert. It was delicious. After dinner we did evening chores and then as a group, read a poem called Sea Fever by John Masefield. We related this work to the theme of transcendentalism that we have learned in school. We are looking forward to sleeping, anchor watch,  eating breakfast and then setting sail tomorrow morning.

April 16: A Selection of Poetry by Julius Sprauve Students

Logged on Wednesday April 16, 2014

IMG_70882My Home

To the Roseway again I will be
With my friends & myself at sea
The winds a-blowing
The ships a-turning
My life at sea with no tree
No bees r buzzing no birds are tweeting
only the sea is calling me
my love life at sea is my home


Today is fun on the Roseway ship
It was especially fun on the bowsprit
And tomorrow is another day
To learn something new
With all of my friends and the Roseway crew.
We pulled up sails and learned navigation
It was awesome going from station to station