"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

First day of Proctor Ocean Classroom

>> Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 21, 2011

The final anchor watch enjoyed the first sunrise upon the Gamage and prepared for our first full day of Proctor Ocean Classroom. And after a wonderful breakfast we began our ship duties.

All hands were busy washing dishes, raising flags, polishing brass, and scrubbing decks. All were glad to partake and most got wet.

Following our chores we made way for shore. The First stop was a mock fish auction at the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction. The Student were able to view fishing vessels unloading their catch, talk to some of the fishermen, and participate in a mock auction. They placed bids on several species of fish and learned not only the physical process of an auction, but also what determines the prices of fish on a daily basis.

Following the fish auction and a wonderful lunch made by the students in a park, the education staff put on a "port report" presentation on the history of Gloucester in regards to the fishing, schooners, and art of the area. There was lots of laughing throughout, especially when an educator said "those storms can come out of anywhere" and was hit with 23 student water bottles.

After a stop at the Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial to honor the courageous fishermen, we held the marine science class on the beach and investigated tide pools.

We are just finishing up some library time and then to literature class on the shore before heading home to Harvey Gamage for another hot meal. We will be setting sail soon and all are very excited.


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