Youth Sail: 3rd Day
Here, aboard the Schooner Ernestina, life
is calm and pleasant, for the moment. The crew
works hard every day to raise the sails and
control the boat. The participants join in and
work along side the crew.
Today, all hands woke up at
0600 and had a delicious breakfast at 0630.
Morning chores were done and a plan for the day
was made. By 0730, the anchor was being raised so
we could get close to the dock in Vineyard Haven.
As we approached the inner harbor, we were
greeted by the crews of the Shenandoah and the
Alabama. The three schooners looked breath-taking
together. Watch by watch we were shuttled ashore
to meet with Fred Littleton, a "Bartlett
Boy" from the 1940 expedition to the far
north, who lives on the island. Fred was aboard
the ship when Capt. Robert Bartlett led
expeditions to the Arctic each summer and the
ship's name was the Effie M. Morrissey.
Once ashore, the students
walked around the village of Vineyard Haven with
Fred leading the way. He started at the boatyard
of Gannon and Benjamin. They had just launched a
new schooner named Rebecca. Fred told very
interesting stories about wearing the same
clothes all summer on the ship and when his
parents picked him up in New York, he had to ride
in the backseat all the way home to Philadelphia.
When they arrive, his mother burned his clothes
in the backyard!
As we continued on our walk, we
were guided to Mad Martha's, the BEST ice cream
store in the island. We were treated to more
stories of the North and Capt. Bartlett. Fred was
onboard when they captured Carmine, a polar bear
cub for the Philadelphia Zoo. He also sailed up
to the latitude of eighty degrees north!
After the visit, we returned to
the ship and got underway. The wind was blowing
at 25 to 30 knots as we entered Vineyard Sound.
Waves came crashing on to the deck and the
bowsprit got covered with water as the ship rode
the waves. It was so exciting! The ship reached a
speed of 8 knots under sail.
We anchored at Ricketson's
Point off South Dartmouth. There, all watches put
on funny skits about some the events during the
trip. A good time was had by all.
(Written by A-watch)
Captain: Willi Bank
Program Coordinator: Inette Rex, Polly Zajac