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Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2001

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 Ernestina.

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 brief break.

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 the voyage.

Captain: Willi Bank
Program Coordinator: Crista Mellican

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