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Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Summer Sound Program with Schooner Sound Learning Six-day Transit New Haven to Boston. Day 4. The ship transited through the Cape Cod Canal and across Cape Cod Bay to anchor inside Long Point at Provincetown.

Weather Conditions:
Wind W Force 2
Cloud Cover 10% Ci
Temperature 30 C
Barometer 29.99

Part of ship’s life is sleeping; sleeping is easy for some and a unique experience for others. Jon who is 6’4" fits into the bunk in a very unique way. Jon will usually prop one leg so that it juts out of the bottom of the bunk, and will then have his head and his arm sticking out as well. It doesn’t look comfortable but it works and he is able to get a good night’s sleep.

In the morning we decided that we would see what kind of marine life was in Buzzard’s Bay. We had set up the otter trawl the day before, and today we cast it overboard. It dragged on the bottom collecting samples from the sea for 10 minutes. When we hauled it onboard we could see that we had a large amount of sea life (it took our entire watch to haul it aboard!). Chris gathered a group of us around and we emptied the contents of the netting onto the deck as we sorted through the mounds of seaweed we realized that we had realized that we had discovered a plethora of sea life. The trawl had contained 22 spider crabs, 2 black sea basses, 10 cunners, and an American eel. It also contained 8 scallops, a blenny, a sea urchin, 2 sculpin, oysters, 3 jingle-shell clams, two chitons and there was a high concentration of slipper snails. The trawl also contained huge amounts of Codium, sea lettuce, and Grinnell’s Red Weed, which are all types of seaweed.

Today we had a fire drill. We didn’t know a head of time that we were going to have one so it was kind of scary. Once we realized that is was just a drill it was kind of funny. We had a pretend fire in the engine room and we even had a victim. Will was in the engine room and when we realized he was missing we sent out a search for him.

Here’s Will’s story: "The captain of our boat Amanda had me come into the aft cabin and asked me to go into the engine room, wait a few minutes, and then yell fire in the engine room. After I yelled I was to stay in the room and see how long it would take for them to find me. The drill went very well and I was saved." Will was guided out of the engine room by one of the crew and given "first aid". Then the rest of the crew "Put out the fire" and then the drill was over.

We had a little discussion about how the drill went, made some suggestions for what we could have done better, and we all learned some things. We all feel more confident now that we will know what to in case of a fire.

We put the Jib up this morning and in the afternoon when we had to take it down. Tani, Sven, Hannah, Beth, Chris, and Paula climbed the bowsprit to take down the sail. When we were done we sat there and looked at the beautiful emerald green water. The boat was plowing quickly through Cape Cod Bay. We would have stayed out longer but we were needed to help lower the other sails.

We finally got a chance to go swimming today. We were able to jump from the rigging and the bowsprit. When most of us were in the water they brought out shampoo so that we all could wash our hair. It was definitely the best thing that has happened…WE GOT CLEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

C "Sea" Watch : Tani, Sven, Will, Katie, Beth, George, Jon, Amanda, Paula, Traudi, and Dave

The totals: 165 miles traveled, 21 hours spent under sail, 95 gallons of water and 39 gallons of fuel consumed, no rice krispie treats, brownies, gooey, fatty, full of sugar sweet multi-layer bars or coconut lemon squares left!

Captain: Amanda Madeira
Program Coordinator: Inette Rex, Chris Newlan (SSL)

We would like to thank Lotus and IBM for donation of software, hardware and funding to enable regular electronic updates from the ship.

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