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Spirit of Massachusetts and the Harvey Gamage by Kathy Chapman

While on route from the Canadian Maritimes to the Caribbean Sea, these two schooners sail into Gloucester every September for fresh paint and to refit.

They are part of the educational organization Ocean Classroom Foundation which provides programs of sea education and adventure for the youth of America.

Captain Caroline Smith is pictured near the end of the slide show. She is the youngest captain of the schooner fleet. Congrats to her on a great accomplishment!

Kathy Chapman

http://www.kathychapman.com

Click The Photo To See The Entire Slide Show From Kathy-

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Spirit Of Massachusetts Arrives For Schooner Festival

From the Spirit Of Massachusetts Website which you can find by clicking here-

Built by New England Historic Seaport at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
*Launched in 1984*

Length Overall:
125 feet

Length of the Waterline:
81 feet

Length on Deck:
100 feet

Draft:
11 feet

Height from Waterline to Main Topmast Truck:
100 feet 6 inches

Beam:
24 feet

Gross Tons:
90 tons

Sails:
Mainsail, Foresail, Jumbo, Jib, Jib Topsail, Fore Gaff-Topsail, Main Gaff-Topsail,Fisherman

Sail Area:
7000 Square Feet

Keel:
Greenheart

Hull:
Long Leaf Yellow Pine and White Oak

Frames:
White Oak

Masts:
Douglas Fir

Spars:
Douglas Fir

Deck:
Douglas Fir

Main Engine:
220 h.p. John Deere

Freshwater Capacity:
600 gallons

Diesel Fuel Capacity:
570 gallons

Number of Students:
20

Number of Crew:
8-11

Spirit of Massachusetts was launched on April 28, 1984 at the Charleston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts. She is modeled after the 1889 fishing schooner Fredonia, designed by Edward Burgess. The Gloucester fishing schooners were widely known as "fast and able" vessels, and Fredonia was widely known for her speed. Spirit of Massachusetts proudly upholds that tradition to this day.

Spirit of Massachusetts was built by her original owners for service as a sail training vessel for young people. She also served as a good-will ambassador for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1984 until 1987. Ocean Classroom Foundation began chartering Spirit for our own educational programs in 1997, and subsequently purchased her in 2000.

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Spirit of Massachusetts

Built by New England Historic Seaport at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
*Launched in 1984*

Length Overall: 125 feet
Length of the Waterline: 81 feet
Length on Deck: 100 feet
Draft: 11 feet
Height from Waterline to Main Topmast Truck: 100 feet 6 inches
Beam: 24 feet
Gross Tons: 90 tons
Sails: Mainsail, Foresail, Jumbo, Jib, Jib Topsail, Fore Gaff-Topsail, Main Gaff-Topsail,Fisherman
Sail Area: 7000 Square Feet
Keel: Greenheart
Hull: Long Leaf Yellow Pine and White Oak
Frames: White Oak
Masts: Douglas Fir
Spars: Douglas Fir
Deck: Douglas Fir
Main Engine: 220 h.p. John Deere
Freshwater Capacity: 600 gallons
Diesel Fuel Capacity: 570 gallons
Number of Students: 20
Number of Crew: 8-11

Spirit of Massachusetts was launched on April 28, 1984 at the Charleston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts. She is modeled after the 1889 fishing schooner Fredonia, designed by Edward Burgess. The Gloucester fishing schooners were widely known as “fast and able” vessels, and Fredonia was widely known for her speed. Spirit of Massachusetts proudly upholds that  tradition to this day.

Spirit of Massachusetts was built by her original owners for service as a sail training vessel for young people. She also served as a good-will ambassador for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1984 until 1987.  Ocean Classroom Foundation began chartering Spirit for our own educational programs in 1997, and subsequently purchased her in 2000.

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Spirit Of Massachusetts Mast

I wonder how old these masts are and where the lumber came from and also where it was cut and formed for a mast.

To find out more about the Spirit Of Massachusetts and the OceanClassroom click this text

Spirit Of Massachusetts Mast, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Signs Taped To The Ground All Around The Spirit Of Massachusetts Masts

Signs Taped To The Ground All Around The Spirit Of Massachusetts' Masts

Mate Working On Spirit Of Massachusetts Mast

Mate Working On Spirit Of Massachusetts Mast

My Incredible Adventure- The Liberty Clipper

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Home Port: Boston
Rig: Gaff Topsail Schooner
Year Built: 1983
Sparred Length: 125 Feet
Draft: 8 Feet
Beam: 25 Feet
Hull: Steel
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The 125-foot Schooner ‘Liberty Clipper’ is a majestic steel replica of an 18th century clipper ship.

The term clipper as applied to ships may derive from the idea of them cutting through the water. Clipper bows were distinctively narrow and heavily raked forward, which allowed them to rapidly clip through the waves. The cutting notion is also suggested by the other class of vessel built for speed, the cutter. One of the meanings of clip since the 17th century is “to fly or move quickly”, possibly deriving from the sound of wings. The term clipper originally applied to a fast horse and most likely derives from the term clip meaning “speed”, as in “going at a good clip”.

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My Incredible Adventure- The Schooner Roseway

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Sharon Lowe Photos

When we were heading into Boston Harbor, the Roseway sailed by us. DSC_1922 [Desktop Resolution]Beautiful as always! Always nice when she visits Gloucester!

The Roseway is a wooden gaff-rigged schooner launched on November 24, 1925 in Essex, Massachusetts. She is now restored and listed as a National Historic Landmark.

She is currently operated by World Ocean School, a non-profit educational organization based in Camden, Maine.

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Here are more links to more information on the Roseway:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseway

http://www.worldoceanschool.org/

http://wos2.worldoceanschool.org/wp-content/uploads/fishermans-cup-race_9508.pdf

My Incredible Adventure- Using Dividers

Captain Amanda teaches Alice how to measure distance with the dividers

Captain Amanda teaches Alice how to measure distance with the dividers

How to use dividers

Using dividers and the latitude scale on your nautical chart, you are able to measure distance in nautical miles. (Remember, do not use longitudes to measure distance. Longitude lines converge at the poles and the distance between them changes relative to your position on the earth.)

One minute equals one nautical mile. Examine the scale of your chart. In these examples, our chart is in degrees and minutes.

Place one point of the dividers at position A and the other point at at position B. Then, maintaining the spread, measure the distance using the latitude scale. In this case, the distance is 15 minutes or 15 nautical miles. Always use the latitude scale located in the same horizontal region that you are measuring.

My Incredible Adventure- Hauling out the Anchor Part II

  • Anchor is Aweigh – Anchor is off the sea bottom when being heaved in .
  • Anchor is Foul – Anchor cable is caught around the fluke or an object is caught around the anchor .
  • Anchor Watch – A member or members of the crew that keep watch and check to see whether the anchor is dragging and the the drift of the ship. This is prudent when anchored in heavy weather, or where wind direction may change dangerously.
  • Anchor Windlass – A windlass is a winch-like device used to assist in the raising of the anchor.
  • Anchor Chain A chain attached to the anchor. The chain acts partially as a weight to keep the anchor lying next to the ground so that it can dig in better.
  • Anchor Rode A line (chain, nylon or steel cable) used to hold a vessel fast   to  the anchor.

My Incredible Adventure- Navigation

  • Compass
    This is a very important Navigation Tool. Its function is to determine the direction of the course. There are many types of Compasses. Some of these include handheld Compass, marine Compass, Magnetic Compass, and steering Compass.
  • Charts
    A Chart holds a set of information which is valuable and useful in Navigation. Some terms that you may encounter when using Charts are:

    • Projection
      The way a curved surface is represented on paper is called Projection. One example is a Mercator Projection. This is a cylindrical map projection where the meridians are equidistant, parallel, and vertical lines, while the parallels of latitude are horizontal, straight line the spaces of which increase from the Equator.
    • Sounding
      This is a measured depth of the water.
    • Scale
      The Chart can either be small-scale or large-scale. A small-scale Chart covers a large area in less detail and is used in planning, plotting positions, and navigating off shore. On the other hand, a large-scale Chart covers a more detailed projection of small area and is used in coastal Navigation
  • Plotting Equipment
    Navigation also requires a set of equipment for any plotting work on paper Charts. Aside from a Chart table in which you will do your Chart Work, you need Dividers to measure distances on the Charts, Plotter or parallel rulers, and pencils for making marks.
  • Logs
    A Log is a good tool which displays important data such as the distance sailed and speed. Other types of Logs show other information including average and maximum speed reached.

These are the basic tools in Sailing Navigation. There are other devices used in Sailing, depending on the type of Sailboat, weather, and the experience of the sailor when it comes to Navigation.

My Incredible Adventure- Alice and the Monkey’s Fist

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11 year old Alice learned how to tie a Monkey’s Fist monkey fistfrom her grandmother, Sally, who was also on the Spirit trip. In the evening or when there was down time, Alice would make tiny fists and taught us how to make them.

From Wikipedia:

A monkey’s fist or monkey paw is a type of knot, so named because it looks somewhat like a small bunched fist/paw. It also looks somewhat like a volleyball or an older style football. It is tied at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw, and also as an ornamental knot. This type of weighted rope can be used as an improvised weapon, called a slungshot by sailors. It was also used in the past as an anchor in rock climbing, by stuffing it into a crack, but this is obsolete and dangerous.

Click here  to make your own MONKEY’S FIST!


My Incredible Adventure – Making a Rope Grommet

DSC_1633Owen and his dad Dave made this rope grommet and then soaked it in the water for a short time to stiffen it up.

From WikiHow

Grommets are round, endless rings of rope useful in a myriad ways aboard ship as well as ashore. They are often used as handles for chests, for rings with which to play quoits, to lengthen rope, and in many similar ways.

The grommet is formed of a single strand of rope five times as long as the circumference of the grommet when complete.

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Steps

  1. Follow the image above for each of the steps. The original image is from a book running sequentially, hence the unusual numbering but it was thought easiest to stick with this numbering for clarity.
  2. Take the strand and lay one end across the other at the size of loop required and with the long end follow the grooves or “lay” of the strand until back to where you started (Fig. 84), thus forming a two-stranded ring.
  3. Continue twisting the free end between the turns already made until the three-strand ring is complete (Fig. 85).
  4. Finish and secure the ends by making overhand knots, pass the ends underneath the nearest strands and trim ends off close (Fig. 86). If care is taken and you remember to keep a strong twist on the strand while “laying up” the grommet, the finished ring will be as firm and smooth and endless as the original rope.

My Incredible Adventure- The Bounty

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We saw the Bounty off in the distance and Captain Amanda decided to meet up with her.

Here’s some interesting info from the Bounty website:

HMS Bounty…at one with the sea…global voyager…movie star…dedicated to preserving the fine art of square-rigged sailing.

Known for a maritime mutiny that took place over 200 years ago, Bounty remains famous and infamous. Thousands cross her ample decks during port visits wondering what life was like then and now. You know her from her modern movies as well. In 1960, it was Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty. Today, it is Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest.”

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