The Ship's Log

September 27: Report from Sea

Logged on Saturday September 27, 2014

IMG_7004Proctor student Erika Florian reports in from Long Island Sound:

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.

For more photos and updates, visit Proctor Academy’s Ocean Classroom Blog

September 22: All Aboard Proctor Academy

Logged on Monday September 22, 2014

Group shot day one_edited-1On 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.

photo copy 5After 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…

Stay tuned!

September 10: Harvard Kent School to Gloucester

Logged on Wednesday September 10, 2014

IMG_5531_edited-1On 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!

August 28: Seamanship and Whales

Logged on Friday August 29, 2014

20140828_190816August 28, 2014 B Watch 20:45

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!

August 28: Kissed by the Sea

Logged on Thursday August 28, 2014

20140827_111241August 27,2014 – A Watch (Chazz, Paige, Ronie, Alex, Luz, Analice)

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!!

August 26: Camp Harbor View Leaders-in-Training Expedition

Logged on Tuesday August 26, 2014

20140826_155540August 26, 2014 // 20:06 // Watch C (Jalen, Bo, Tyra, Richard, Subrenia, Alison, Eric& Khanh)

The second day of our boat trip started with a beautiful sunrise and yummy breakfast without Richard’s redbull and Subrenia’s snacks.  However, before we could eat we had to raise the sails and pull up the anchor!  Even with the beautiful sunrise, today was much cooler than yesterday.  Many of us broke out our winter coats and hats.  Our morning chore was to complete a deck wash and then we broke into our watch rotations.  First we had seamanship where we began to learn all of the pins and we reviewed our knots from yesterday.  Then we were on active watch where Richard and Bohitta got to steer for the first time.  We stopped for lunch and had PHENOMENAL chicken.  In the afternoon we skooched out onto the bow sprite and hurt our butts.  Once we were out there we got to enjoy the beautiful view from a new perspective.  And, we spotted the first whale!!  Greg also took many pictures of us.  After that we had a life changing experience.  We saw many whales.  We got to pause our rotations to all watch the whales up close.  There were two other boats whale watching as well.  This was the first time any of us saw a whale outside of an aquarium.  We identified humpback whales and mickey whales.  Dinner was mac and cheese, salad, meat balls and banana bread, which Jalen got to introduce to everyone.  We then did the dishes and are now writing this log.  We are all looking forward to climbing up the mast later this week.  We are pretty tired now and looking forward to bed.

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

photo copy C Watch

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

image copy 3A Watch

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.