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The World Ocean School is an internationally focused nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing challenging educational programs aboard the schooner Roseway.
Logged on Saturday July 4, 2015
After waking up to do 25 “I’m a Stars” we had an amazing breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, and apple turnovers. We then did morning chores and got our bag-packs ready to go for our trip to volunteer at a soup kitchen called the Prebble Street Resource Center. Before heading over to the soup kitchen, we stopped in at Monument Park to write postcards home and to write them to thank our sponsors that helped us get to go on this trip. We helped set up lunch, serve, and clean up for the homeless, learning valuable lessons which included: options preserve dignity, people always deserve second chances, and never turn someone in need of help away. After that, we had lunch at the park and Samantha surprised us with yummy ice cream bars. Then we headed over to the Portland Observatory, the highest point in Portland, where we learned about the interesting history of Captain Mooney and this interesting port city. After returning to the ship, we motored out and anchored in Casco Bay, then we went swimming in the freezing, cold water. To end this great day, we had an amazing dinner of chicken parmesan and had a birthday celebration for crew member Ryan with delicious cake!
Logged on Friday July 3, 2015
We started the morning with weighing the anchor and heading to Portland to dock. Having a delicious breakfast of eggs, sausage, and potatoes, we sailed around Casco Bay for the first part of the morning. The sail was breezy, sunny and enjoyable. After docking in Portland Harbor and having a quick lunch, we all headed to the bus station to go to Strive. Being our first community service project, we hung out with teens with developmental disabilities for a few hours. They gave us food and we played ping pong, pool, wii, card games, and more with the kids. They also taught us a dance to Timber, the song. We just missed the bus back to the city so we had to wait for about 20 minutes in the shade for the next bus. Most of the ambassadors ended up tickling and laughing with each other on the grass. After getting off the bus, Samantha walked us to a nice, free concert in the park with a yummy dinner of hamburgers, chips, and watermelon, thanks to Collin. As the concert ended, some of the ambassadors and a couple of the crew members went to play Frisbee but ended up rolling down the hill laughing, tackling each other, and taking funny pictures. Over all, we had a great time but walked home with some heads aching and tired eyes. But that didn’t change the feeling of happiness and the strength of friendship.
Logged on Thursday July 2, 2015
It was a dark and stormy morning on board the Roseway. We woke up to cloudy skies, lighting and thunder. Captain Dwight decided to stay snuggled up next to the Adventure in Gloucester Harbor to avoid the nasty thunderstorms brewing. After our 20 I’m A Stars, Ryan and Cavo attempted to teach us sea shanties. The crew wasn’t feeling it. After a delicious breakfast of oatmeal and blueberries, we sat down and discussed our community values. It was very, very humid below decks but eventually we picked two values to replace ‘acceptance’ and ‘have fun’, since there was some disagreement over those two. After some discussion we decided on compassion and communication as our two new community values. During morning chores we watched a small motorboat and sailboat get tangled in the anchorage and got to watch the Coast Guard get them untangled. Once the storm passed safely over, we got underway and raised sails. We had our Junior Watch Officers, Zi and Cassidy, help lead raising sails, in which they did a spectacular job. Scott then helped us raised our jib, while Gabby helped us raised our jumbo. In a race to the top, Gabby and her partner Zack won! Outside the harbor we discovered choppy seas and strong winds, which made walking on deck hard. We ate a deliciously hot lunch underway of chili and fresh bread and then jumped right back into rotations. Later on the sun reappeared and the ocean calmed down. A Watch then took the opportunity to make matching team bracelets, with a little bit of difficulty at first. Due to our late departure we’re still underway, eagerly awaiting a safe cove to anchor in for the night. Tomorrow we’ll finish our sail to Portland and help out with some great community service projects!
Logged on Wednesday July 1, 2015
Today we woke up to a breakfast of pancakes, which hit the spot before we began our latest adventure. We hoisted our muddy anchor up and made our way to Gloucester proper, to tie up next to our sister ship, the schooner Adventure. John was requested as auxiliary crew to assist the rafting operation which brought us alongside her safely. Our first stop was the Gloucester Aquarium! We were given a tour of the Aquarium where we were allowed to pick up and interact with the sea critters. We saw spider crabs, blue lobsters, horseshoe crabs, starfish, and skates. Then we went to the upstairs facility for their maritime museum. The museum was full of fun and informative games and exhibits. Amari enjoyed saving our fisheries through a simulation game, while Hunter enjoyed the preserved, old-fashioned fog horn on interactive display. Our next stop was Essex to visit the shipyard museum, where Roseway was built! There we found many examples of boats, current and past, that share Roseway’s rich history. Working with original tools, our watches made miniature sailboats that were put to a race in the creek outside. We were then given a tour of the facilities and allowed to try our hand at ship wrighting. Amari and Karen made trunnels in the original way that Roseway’s were built. Karen and India’s boat sailed to victory. Using steam and c clamps, with a little bit of muscle from our ambassadors, were learned how to bend wood in order to make the planks of a ship. We learned a lot. Afterwards we cooled off with some Ice Cream by the shore in a park. We burned that energy off with a game of football, and then the most intense game of capture the flag that the world has ever seen. Christina went down with the crew to the beach, and there they rescued beached jellyfishes. The game ended with a new feeling of closeness among the ambassadors as they continued their adventure aboard Roseway!
Logged on Tuesday June 30, 2015
We started the day in Boston Harbor, setting sail for Gloucester, MA. As Captain Dwight brought us out of the harbor, the crew and Ambassadors put up the sails for the long day ahead. Many Ambassadors got seasick from the big swells that we encountered throughout the day. After lunch, Hunter spotted a whale spout while on bow watch. For a couple of hours, we sailed in and out of whales. We saw tails, mouths, backs, and even the whole body. Once, one whale even swam underneath the boat. Even though some of the Ambassadors had a bad day with seasickness, we all experienced something new, whether it was seeing a whale for the first time, or hosting up the sails or even steering the boat. Some of the most memorable parts of the day were: learning new languages (French and boat language), seeing the whales (of course), making new friends (laughing out loud, eating meals together, learning new things together). Sailing all day (blue-water sailing, putting up the sails, putting down the anchor), boat checks (learning how to do it), steering the boat (for the first time for many of us) and arriving in beautiful Gloucester, MA.
Logged on Monday June 29, 2015
Today is our first day on the Roseway for the Summer Ambassadors Program! The Ambassadors started arriving on the boat at 4, we had kids arriving from all over, as far north as Canada and as far south as the Virgin Islands. We got to tour the boat with our parents, for many of us it was our first time on the boat and our parents were amazed and a little shocked to see where we are going to be sleeping. During our tour of the boat we met Captain Dwight. After saying goodbye to our parents we were able to unpack and settle into our bunks. We are sleeping in the fish hold, it is where the fish used to be kept when the Roseway was a fishing vessel, but now it is where the students and crew sleep. The bunks are smaller compared to our bedrooms at home but still very comfortable. Before we ate, we did our big opening circle. We started with ten I’m A Stars where everyone had to jump really high in the air while shouting “IM A STAR!” We do I’m a stars all together for teambuilding because we are a team on the Roseway and to get our blood flowing. Following I’m a Stars we did introductions in order to meet the rest of the crew and Ambassadors. Then we talked about our community values that are important when on the Roseway. As a crew we talked about practicing respect/responsibility, trust, and communication. After opening circle we all enjoyed a delicious dinner that was made by the cook, Collin and we had mashed potatoes, pork, and two types of salad; spinach and peaches and the second type was kale, and green beans. After dinner we did our chores, A watch tackled the dishes and after dinner clean up, B watch was in charge of cleaning the soles and bowls and finally C watch washed the decks. This made some people cold. After our chores we had a group muster where we discussed the values that we, as the Roseway community, are going to live by for the next two weeks. These values are especially important when living in tight spaces. Five of the values that are important to this community are respect, teamwork, acceptance, perseverance and HAVE FUN! Tomorrow we are going to Gloucester, MA. Most of us are excited about making new friends and about the journey we are about to embark on, but at the same time, we are all still a little nervous.
Logged on Saturday June 20, 2015
The Roseway crew had an awesome week working with two 5th grade classes from the Josiah Quincy lower school in Chinatown and two 4th grade classes from the Argenziano school in Somerville. Each class spent one full day on the boat participating in academic lessons in the math and sciences. The Roseway crew loved the energy and enthusiasm from all of the students and appreciate their willingness to keep learning even though we know that they are counting down the days until summer break. One of the 4th graders couldn’t have said it better, “I am going to look back on this day and think, WOW that was awesome.”
Logged on Friday May 29, 2015
After the Memorial Day holiday from school, 4th graders from the Haley Pilot School and Harvard Kent School got back in the education mode, but this time outside of the classroom and on the water. Students from these two Boston Public Schools spent the week learning alongside the Roseway crew. Science and math skills were put to the test as students completed navigation lessons, created their own boats during a buoyancy lesson and learned about the history of Boston Harbor. Students also learned about why sailors wrote poetry during long voyages at sea and created their own poem, using the inspiration of their surroundings. In addition to academics, each day, students learned about the important community values of teamwork, communication, trust and self-worth and modeled the behaviors of these values each day. The Roseway crew is so proud of all that was accomplished this week and so happy to be back in Boston working with students. The World Ocean School is grateful for our partnership with these two schools through Community Boat Building and funding to make it all possible from the Massachusetts Charitable Society.
Logged on Friday May 1, 2015
The Roseway pennant wavered gently from the topmast under the bright clear sky of a frosty April morning. She moved almost silently through the glassy harbor bound for Rowes Wharf. A handful of groggy bystanders, barely awake at 7am on Sunday morning, stood squinting into the sunlight. Roseway effortlessly slipped alongside her dock, almost as if there were no stories to be told of the previous six days. She looked peaceful and rested, almost as if she hadn’t just weathered 50-knot squalls and water spouts. Her crew looked cheery and warm, almost as if they hadn’t just been working for a week in 20-degree wind and sleeping at a 50-dgree angle.
One of the Mates reported that it had been a “spirited sail.” When asked of a crew member: “Where you scared?” The answer came with calm contemplation: “Roseway leaves nothing to fear.” When asked of the Captain: “How did the crew handle the conditions?” The answer came with forceful certainty: “They were remarkable and absolutely stellar.”
Despite the challenging and long crossing from Bermuda, the guest crew was resilient, stoic, and un-complaining. This was no cruise for these sailors, ranging in age from 12 to 70. Alongside Roseway‘s crew, they worked hard, smiling through all their layers, many managing to find inspiration in the face of adversity.
As Roseway secured her lines at the dock, warm coffee and muffins filled their bellies, and everyone began to reflect on a truly epic adventure. These are not the things one forgets, nor are they the wanderings of the faint at heart.
Cheers to a voyage well fought and won. Welcome Home!
Logged on Saturday March 28, 2015
This past week, the Roseway crew had the opportunity to work with 150 St Thomas students from grades 4-8. With the generous support of Sub Base Dry Dock and Yacht Haven Grande, the students learned about the principle of lift, navigation, important knots, and saw the island from a different perspective out on the bowsprit. Students were also exposed to the variety of maritime career opportunities that are right in their backyard in the harbor. Roseway and her crew will head back to St. Croix for one more week of educational programming before the transit south to her summer home, Boston.