"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

New England

>> Monday, May 18, 2009

The studentia are busy bees. It was a short, but hard earned transit from the Chesapeake Bay. I will let the navigation experts fill you in on the details. Right now we are in the charming Mystic public library working on final projects and papers. Classes are wrapping up with focuses including the New England fishing industries of the past and present; marine resources, the Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship, and preparation for the U.S. Coast Guard Launch Operator’s License Exam.

The Harvey Gamage is docked right in the middle of the Mystic Seaport’s waterfront, acclaimed as the “nation’s leading maritime museum.” Thus, it has been quite easy to step off the boat and explore more of our American maritime history visiting historic ships such as the Charles W. Morgan, Joseph Conrad and L.A. Dunton; visiting the re-created 19th century coastal village; and special exhibits like the Mapping of the Pacific Coast. Our students even had a go at rowing the whaleboats through the Mystic fog. Not as easy as it looks.

A favorable breeze from the south west is the forecast for tomorrow, so if all goes well we will be bound for Stellwagen’s Bank to look for humpback whales. We’ll let you know our findings.

-Christine Honan (Head Educator)


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