The Ship's Log

December 5: St. Croix Kids Set Sail

Logged on Friday December 5, 2014

Sixth graders from Ricardo Richards School follow Columbus’s voyage to St. Croix and compare the navigation technology of today versus what Columbus and his crew had in 1493.

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December 3: National Park Service Teams up With Roseway

Logged on Wednesday December 3, 2014

AlfredoAndrewsDecember marks the launch of our partnership with the National Park Service in a program called “Discovering Salt River” serving all public school 6th graders in St. Croix. Roseway crew was so excited to welcome our first group of students this morning. 6th graders from Alfredo Andrews spent the day on Roseway as we sailed towards Salt River, just like Columbus and his crew did in 1493. Students learned about navigation, the principle of lift, how to tie knots, local ecology, the life of a sailor, trade routes and challenged themselves by climbing the rig. We had some great wind and it was a successful day of adventure and education. We look forward to working with more of St. Croix’s energetic and intelligent 6th graders!

November 17: Final Exams Aboard

Logged on Monday November 17, 2014

IMG_2553smallIt’s hard to believe that it’s final exam time on Roseway. Students have been at sea studying and learning for over eight weeks and now they have to put their knowledge and experience to the test. But this is not your typical academic exam-room. Anchored off of Culebra in the warm Caribbean sun, these students have the luxury of knowing that a swim and another day of sailing await them when their tests are done.

For more videos, photos, and blogs, click here.

November 11: Aloft

Logged on Tuesday November 11, 2014

Erica_Sullivan_Climbing_Aloft_smallGoing Aloft By: Valerian Clerc

As I sat idly in the main salon making a twine Turks head, Captain Tom walked up, asking me if I was on watch (no) and if I was in the middle of some work (also no). I thought that he was going to tell me to clear out and make room for the active watch, but instead he told me to follow him onto the deck. When he told me to put on a harness, it slowly dawned on me that I (along with Burke) was going to go aloft. Burke went up first, and I followed, belayed by the topsail halyard. The beginning was easy, but the higher I got the sketchier the shrouds became, thinning and shaking wildly.  Once I reached the cross trees, I had to crawl between two boards, unclip and re-clip. The view from the top of the main mast was astounding. I could see the entire Roseway from above and the perspective was surreal. I could also see the horizon, which stretched on for miles on end. Meanwhile, the entire mast shook with the slightest gust of wind or waves. This was definitely the experience of a lifetime, and probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.

See more…click here

November 5: Updates from Sea

Logged on Wednesday November 5, 2014

celestial nav class smallThe intrepid students of Proctor Academy continue to voyage aboard Roseway, having just made landfall in St. Croix after 10 days at sea. As they carry out their studies in Maritime Science, Maritime History, Maritime Literature, and Navigations and Seamanship, they are also exploring new worlds both at sea and on land. Only seventeen days left to go in this life-changing adventure! Check it out: http://blogs.proctoracademy.org/ocean-classroom-passage-complete

October 22: The First Long Passage

Logged on Wednesday October 22, 2014

IMG_2519_edited-1Reflections from our first long passage: Norfolk VA to Savannah GA
By Andrew Edwards

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?

Check out the blog stream at Proctor’s site here.

October 19: Reflections from Cumberland Island

Logged on Sunday October 19, 2014

IMG_2523Cumberland Island By Erica Sullivan

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.

October 13: Dolphins at the Bow!

Logged on Monday October 13, 2014

IMG_2521By Maggie Royal

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.

October 8: A Port Stop in Baltimore

Logged on Wednesday October 8, 2014

Erica Sullivan, Burke Hildner, Lucas Windsor, Maggie Royal, and state troopersBy Will Bullion
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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.

See more photos and blogs Proctor’s Ocean Classroom blogspot

October 3: Community Service in Baltimore

Logged on Friday October 3, 2014

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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.