|New England Aquarium "Harbor
Discovery" Five-day Underway Program: Day 2
Written by A watch:
Barbara Wagner, Chet Miller, Sarah Donelan, Saba
McCoy, Chis Crump,Phillip Chang, Jenny Cutrano
Note to reader -
"Lynne" is a fictious character who
represents all of A watch.
As Lynne sat down in bed,
(finally!), she reflected on the days events.
Morning seemed so long with a breakfast of French
toast chores in the galley, and then descending
to a dory that bobbed in the waves beside the
Picking up her oar she glanced
at her new destination, Smuttynose Island in the
Isles of Shoals. After fifteen minutes of rowing
they reached the island. After everyone arrived
Lynne and the rest of the group began to walk the
trail around the island.
The island was overrun by
seagulls. Lynne and the crew were constantly
worried about the possibility of getting
attacked. After clammering over the rocks covered
with pucky - seagull poop, Lynne finally ended up
back where she started.
After being told this was the
ideal place to swim, Lynne changed into her
bathing suit and jumped into the water. It was
cold!!!! Too cold for her, so in a few minutes
she got out. A half hour later Lynne stepped back
on the Ernestina, ready for lunch.
After lunch she climbed into a
rescue-boat, but this time heading for the tide
pools of Appledore Island. Jamming her hands into
the kelp she pulled out a sea star! Lynne put the
sea star in the bucket where everyone had put
their finds. After the group had identified the
animals they hiked up the rocks to Shoals Marine
Lab to look at specimens from an Otter trawl.
(During the visit to the labs there was the bonus
of flushing toilets!) Tired and hungry they
returned to the Ernestina and sat down for a
The days work was not over yet.
Lynne and the crew still had to raise the sails
and go on watch Lynne had a busy night! She was
at all four stations - bow, helm, boat check and
navigation. All these things were new to Lynne
who had never been on a schooner but she learned
quickly from the awesome crew.
Now in her tiny yet cosey bunk
she closed her journal and fell asleep.
Overnight the ship made her way
towards Gloucester Harbor, the next stop along
Captain: Willi Bank
Program Coordinator: Crista Mellican