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Date: Saturday, October 19, 2002
Boy Scout Troop 705, Reading, MA

Day 1 of 2

Go to for current images in your local region. Here is the image as the front went through this evening.

Schooner 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 Norwell Crane.

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): 37 kts
  Wind Gust (GST): 40 kts
  Wave Height (WVHT): 7.2 ft
  Dominant Wave Period (DPD): 6 sec
  Atmospheric Pressure (PRES): 29.81 in
  Pressure Tendency (PTDY): -0.15 in ( Falling Rapidly )
  Air Temperature (ATMP): 59.9 F
  Water Temperature (WTMP): 60.6 F

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 Bedford.

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 load ships.

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 the wheel


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.

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

NOAA Chart is provided courtesy of Maptech using Cruising Navigator 4.3 and grabbing the image using Grabit Pro 6.02.

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Schooner Ernestina
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