Ocean Classroom Week 1

Posted by Scott Allenby


The schooner Roseway continues to head south, traveling through the Cape Cod Canal (image below thanks to Travis Warren '91, P'16 for sharing) and onward past Martha’s Vineyard and through the Block Island Sound where they stopped off at Fisher's Island. All reports from the boat are positive and we share a few student reflections below on their time so far.

Proctor Academy Ocean Classroom

Erika Florian ‘15 reflects on her first week on Ocean Classroom, “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.”

Proctor Academy Ocean Classroom

“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.”

Proctor Academy Ocean Classroom

Thank you to Edwards Lobsters and the Edwards Family for hosting the crew on Fisher's Island and for sharing this picture below! 

Proctor Academy Ocean Classroom on Fisher's Island

Proctor Academy Ocean Classroom

Proctor Academy Ocean Classroom

Below, Mitchell '16 and Christian '16 give us a brief look into marine biology class as they test the oxygen levels of a water sample off Stellwagen Banks

We leave you with a poem by Kyle Heller ‘16 reflecting on the week spent at Hurricane Island:

A House Beside the Water
Heaven seems a little closer
In a house beside the water.
Where seabirds fly
And foghorns cry
And white sails float and wander.
With waves that splash
And tides that crash
Against the rocks and clutter.
Creating the sound
Of those who have found
Hurricane’s solemn harbor.
They have come to explore,
To love and adore
All that the island can offer.
But did not expect
To gain the respect
Of a lifetime’s work of wonder.
And so I now
Must steer around
To face the other corner.
But I’ll never forget
The time I have spent
At this house beside the water.
~ Kyle Heller
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