Ernestina set sail from the dock at Tonnessen
Park today with Boy Scouts from Reading, MA
aboard. Our plan was to sail all day out into
Buzzards Bay and return in the late afternoon so
they could make their way out to Fort Rodman at
Fort Taber Park in the south end of New Bedford
to camp. This is about what happened except a
powerful cold front changed our plans on account
of high predicted wind.
Once off the dock this
morning we nosed out past the Hurrican Barrier at
the entrance to New Bedford Harbor but decided
against raising sail. We continued on with
learning stations going far enough under power to
view Fort Rodman on Clarks Point where the scouts
will later be camping. At that point we turned
back for the harbor as the wind rose and the
intellicast image on the ships computer showed
the approaching front not far off.
You can see from the chart image the place we
turned to go back. Once back inside the barrier
we anchored for lunch before returning to the
dock by early afternoon.
With the ship tied up and lines doubled up we
continued on with some activities including going
out on the bowsprit and working the human-powered
Conditions at BUZM3 as of
(4:00 pm EDT) 2000 GMT on 10/19/2002:
|Wind Direction (WDIR):
|SSW ( 200 deg true )
|Wind Speed (WSPD):
|Wind Gust (GST):
|Wave Height (WVHT):
|Dominant Wave Period (DPD):
|Atmospheric Pressure (PRES):
|Pressure Tendency (PTDY):
|-0.15 in ( Falling Rapidly )
|Air Temperature (ATMP):
|Water Temperature (WTMP):
At 1600 the scouts left for the campsite at
Fort Rodman in Fort Taber Park thanks to the
support of Mayor Kalisz and the City of New
Program Coordinator: Steve Kirk
Captain: Gregg Swanzey
The Norwell Crane is a replica of a 1750's
human-powered machine used to build bridges and
The 'hamsters' walk in the wheel and raise the
weight at the other end. The crane can develop
about ten to one mechancial advantage.
The leaders go for a spin as two scouts walk
Here is an image from the crane taken last
summer to show the overall appearance.
The crane is a project of the Colleges of the
Fenway, epecially MA College of Art, that
included an integration of art history,
traditional arts and engineering. The crane is on
the New Bedford waterfront into early Fall.
Looking back at Fort Rodman designed by Robert
E. Lee prior to the Civil War.
Learning stations continue at dockside with
gale warning posted.
Harnesses on for the trip out on the bowsprit.