The Ship's Log

August 12: A New Partnership Formed

Logged on Tuesday August 12, 2014

World Ocean School and Proctor Academy, an independent school in Andover, New Hampshire, have joined forces to launch a new program at sea. For the past twenty-two years Proctor has hosted a program called Ocean Classroom, a ten-week term at sea aboard a tall-ship. Despite the closing of the Ocean Classroom Foundation, their former partner in this program, Proctor’s commitment to education at sea remains unchanged.

Proctor’s Ocean Classroom director David Pilla comments, “While Proctor and Ocean Classroom Foundation have separated, I am truly excited about our new relationship with the World Ocean School and its educators.”

This September, Proctor students will sail the schooner Roseway from Gloucester, Massachusetts to San Juan, Puerto Rico alongside phenomenal educators from both Proctor and the World Ocean School. They will study nautical history, maritime literature, marine sciences and navigational mathematics along with carrying out community service projects in the ports they visit. They will work in their watch groups. They will learn what it means to care for “ship, shipmate and self”. They will face numerous challenges. And by the time they reach San Juan, they will have broadened their perspectives.

World Ocean School serves primarily underserved students. In fact over 60% of their student populations are considered socio-economically challenged. So is Roseway swerving off course with this new partnership? Absolutely not. These kinds of programs serve to support and further their mission. Not only will the revenue from this partnership fuel other programs throughout the year that struggle to pay for services, but it will connect Roseway with a school that is renowned for its commitment to experiential education for students of all backgrounds, fostering a collaborative and productive community.

“As a mission-driven organization that believes strongly in effective community-building, we are thrilled to be working with Proctor”, says Abby Kidder, President of the World Ocean School. “We have a lot to learn from them and at the same time, a lot to share from our own experience with education at sea.”

Students will board Roseway on September 22 in Gloucester, Massachusetts to begin their two-month voyage. At the completion of the expedition in San Juan, Roseway will then return to St. Croix, USVI and jump back into local programming with island schools. Stay tuned for updates to the ship’s log from students along the way.

August 8: Closing Ceremonies

Logged on Friday August 8, 2014

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Today started out with a brisk ice bath in the waters of Massachusetts. There was 100% participation in the swim for the first time. Soon after “I’m a stars” we set sail and ate breakfast underway. With Boston in the horizon we watched many whales blow and dive. We had lunch and then soon after we competed in the deck hand Olympics. It was a great competition and we all got to share our knowledge with each other about the things that we know about the boat. B watch won the competition after a very close and heated battle. When that was through, we all sang and practiced for our performance tonight. We all got a great amount of time to read and reflect and fill out our survey. As we neared Boston, the wind started to pick up and we had fun working the sails. We picked up Sam and Abby and had a filling dinner made from the hands of an artistic, wondrous, master of culinary arts also known as Lil’ John. We are all mourning that we must depart from each other tomorrow. We have had an epic time together and looked forward to our final evening together which will include us performing a song that we all composed. We are all thankful for the friendships that we made and we are all going to try to keep in touch over the year.

August 7: Boston-bound

Logged on Thursday August 7, 2014

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Today we woke up with a chill in our bones from the early morning anchor watches.  Starting our day off right with 45 “I’m A Stars!” thinking to ourselves let’s turn that ice into nice….warm blood. We raised sails with some extra heaves and hoes from the trusty barkers. Not long after that every crew member and summer ambassador’s stomach was stuffed with fabulous French toast for breakfast.  We got ourselves into our daily sailing rotation starting off with some seamanship activities and learned how to calculate the speed of our ship without any electronic devices.  Throughout the day we made some friends consisting of a few fin whales and a yellow  finch who hung out around the boat eating all the pesky biting flies. The sky started to darken and we luckily dodged some thunder and lightning storms. Dropping sails (and our anchor) in the harbor of Manchester By The Sea left us with warm hearts. We finished the day off with a spectacular array of food created by the nimble hands of, without a doubt, the world’s foremost culinary genius.


August 6: Puffins!!

Logged on Wednesday August 6, 2014

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We woke up and did 45 “I’m a stars”, raised the sails then had breakfast and headed for Easter Egg Rock. While floating just off the shore, we went puffin sighting and saw MANY puffins. A few flew just off our bow! After we saw the puffins we split back into our watch groups and wrote a Roseway song while John played his guitar. We kept on sailing until lunch which was a tuna wrap with coleslaw. After lunch we kept sailing with a storm right off our stern. We watched the clouds grow into shelf clouds, then put on all our rain gear. We had heavy wind and rain for a short while, which reminded some of home, and everyone waited out the rain safely on the benches.  It passed after about 5 minutes when we continued sailing until dinner, which was prepared by the hands of a godly wizard. We look forward to another day of full sailing and another night of anchor watch.

August 6: Hog Island

Logged on Wednesday August 6, 2014

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This morning, we started our day slightly groggy from the previous day of hard work and our night of anchor watch,where we decoded each other’s signal flags. After the morning “I’m A Stars”, which felt like a full work out, we ate like champs, feasting on beautiful pancakes. After morning chores we boated over to the main land of Hog Island to start a hardy day of work. We split into 2 groups- one group went to pick invasive Eurasian jewel weeds from a field of native plants including milkweed (which feed the bodacious monarch butterflies). The other group painted the outside of a house the color Nantucket red. The team met up after hours of work and helped shuttle plenty of lumber across to Hog Island. On the island, we built bridges from the lumber.These bridges were to go over the marshy grounds that filled the walking paths throughout the land. After the bridges were complete, one group showered while the other hiked through the trails of Hog Island. Thereafter, we switched and the second wave cleaned up. Next we shuttled back to our home, the Roseway, and indulged in heavenly, heartwarming soup made from the hands of a genius. Finally, we concluded our nightly chores and readied ourselves for a delicious night  of rest.

August 4: Puffins and Porpoises and Lobsters, Oh My

Logged on Monday August 4, 2014

image9August 3: We started out our day just like any other, by doing 35 “I’m A Stars!”We raised sails, had breakfast, and did our chores before starting our morning activities. We read more of our novels, wrote in our journals, climbed the rigging, and saw seals and porpoises swimming. We wore harnesses and were belayed by our teammates of course….it was a blast! We dropped anchor near Bailey Island and rode into shore in the small tender boat. We played wiffle ball and walked to the Giant’s Stairs- an outcropping of sedimentary rocks leading to the ocean. We ate deliciously fresh steamed lobsters for dinner at the family home of one of our crew mates. We picked blueberries and raspberries before heading back to the boat to turn in early in prep for our anchor watches. Good night all!

20140802_111937August 4: B Watch

We woke up to the sound of Will beeping like an alarm clock.
We raised the sails after we did 50 “I’m A Stars!” led by Captain Dwight, then had breakfast underway. For breakfast we had amazing French toast made by our AMAZING chef little John. What made the french toast even better was that we used home-made bread from the Rosemont Bakery in Portland, Maine. This morning we did a major boat cleanse. It lasted 2-3 hours but our boat was very happy with us when we finished. Then we had a great lunch of bacon burgers! We continued our day with rotations of seamanship, active watch, and reading and reflection where some of us climbed the rigging, learned about buoyancy, and navigated the ship. While in these rotations we saw Puffins and porpoises! Before dinner we went for a swim. Many people tried to catch a wiffle ball while jumping off the rail of our boat. We finished our day with an amazing dinner of chicken stir fry.

August 3: Bailey Island

Logged on Sunday August 3, 2014

image8Roseway has sailed into the internet-free zone of Maine’s coastal islands. All is well aboard!

Stay tuned for more updates from the Summer Ambassadors coming soon . . .

August 2: Bow Watch Further into Maine

Logged on Saturday August 2, 2014

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Today we set sail from the wonderful city of Portland and began our two day journey to our next destination.  We began our day with 40 “Im A Stars” and an amazing breakfast of blueberry pancakes.  We then hoisted the sails and navigated through the minefields of lobster traps very slowly but surely. We then continued the novel we are reading, called Carry On Mr. Bowditch, but that was no thrill to the feat that was too follow. After reading and being on active watch where we took turns on the helm and signaling obstacles to the captain.  Then we had a nice lunch of quesedillas and went out on the bowsprit!  We then did some navigation to find our position on a chart.  Afterwards we played nautical hangman. Then we dropped anchor and some of us began to swim in the “warm” water while others stayed nice a dry.  After the swim we played two fun games and then we gorged ourselves with pizza made by our lovely chef John.  We are all looking ahead to fun activities tomorrow and a lobster bake!!!

August 1: Soup Kitchens and Trail Maintenance

Logged on Friday August 1, 2014

image6Watch C:  Today we woke up after a crew only dock watch. It was nice to get our sleep it was our first full night sleep since day 1. After a speedy and delicious breakfast of burrito’s. We helped out at a local soup a kitchen for lunch  and served more than 200 people. Then we went to monument square and had lunch with delicious brownies. Soon after lunch we continued on our way to  some local trails to help contain invasive species.  After several hours of work we relaxed in a park playing wiffle ball and enjoying the swings.  We all enjoyed our first showers and fresh laundry of the trip.  Then we ate great tacos and finished with chores.  After a wonderful day of community service we are looking forward to another exciting day.

July 31: Arrival In Portland Maine

Logged on Thursday July 31, 2014

image5Sasha, Harry, Jack M., Jess:
We are writing from Lincoln Park in Portland, Me. Some ambassadors are playing soccer and some are playing a game of whiffle ball.

Anchor watch was unusually foggy last night. We couldn’t even see the water. We got woken up at 0730 and started our day with 35 “I’m A Stars.” Breakfast was egg sandwiches and a fruit salad. Then we did several hours of reading and reflection to wait out the fog. We raised the anchor and sails yelling out “heave” and “ho.” We sailed for about 2 hours into Portland Yacht Services. We had lunch which was chicken, rice, veggies and gravy. Then we got on land and felt like we were still on the boat. Then we took public transportation to STRIVE. We hung out with some cool kids with mental and emotional disabilities. We played games and they taught us a fun dance to “Timber.” We had so much fun! Then we took the bus to downtown Portland and now we are in the park while most of the crew are running the boat for a private charter. We are excited to meet back up with them at 7pm for a concert in a different park. Then we will head back to our home for sleep and anchor watch. We are excited for what tomorrow will bring.