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Date: Monday, July 31, 2000
Time: 2300 EDT

The morning anchor watches felt the drizzle roll in by daybreak as the slow moving warm front attempted to stay with us. All of "B" watch was up at 0400 to haul back the anchor and get underway to make good the 118 miles to the Cape Cod Canal. The drizzle left us by 1100 and the eager and inquisitive crew set the main, fore and jumbo to motorsail in the light SE breeze. Too light to keep up our needed speed of 6 knots.

Susan Weisbren, Ph.D., led a morning workshop for the young adults engaging them to express their pros and cons frustrations and support of their experiences of
their medical conditions (
PKU). A few minke whales were sighted near Jeffreys Ledge. That afternoon another class with everyone followed by a presentation on the biology of Stellwagen Bank by Crista Mellican (our program coordinator). The class was disrupted many times as we were able to shut down the engine and sail for an hour in the light breeze. This seemed to attract many humpback whales. One pod we spent time with I think no one will forget, for if anyone has heard a whales breath coming form their blowhole, it's a sound which is amazing.

Underway again by dusk towards the canal. We struck the main after dinner, and the fore and jumbo at the change of the watch at 2300 as we entered Cape Cod Canal on a fair current.

To visit Brian and Mike Goertz's site with images and an expedition log book ~click here~

Wind: SE'ly and light
Visibility: Fair

Captain: Amanda Madeira
Program Coordinator: Crista Mellican

Ashore the Maritime Mathematics Summer Institute for Teachers is happening.

During the Maritime Mathematics Summer Content Institute funded by the Department of Education and hosted by Bridgewater State College, Southeast PALMS Coalition and Schooner Ernestina, fourteen participants will spend five days developing a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics as it relates to the learning standards for their grade level in the classroom at Bridgewater State College. During the second week of the institute teachers will travel to New Bedford for a series of hands-on workshops, both on the water and ashore, in applied mathematics focused on navigation, scientific sampling, spar construction, buoyancy and the technology of a 19th century schooner.

After a period of independent study participants will come back for three Institute callbacks to apply concepts aboard a working schooner, present course units and then report on student assessment.

The images shown to the right show teachers exploring the mathematics of stability, buoyancy, displacement, spar construction and mechanics ashore at Ernestina's facility and at a shop next to the New Bedford Whaling Musuem with Leon Poindexter, sparmaker.

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