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Date: Sunday, October 20, 2002
Boy Scout Troop 705, Reading, MA

Day 2 of 2

Schooner Ernestina set sail from the dock at Tonnessen Park today with Boy Scouts from Reading, MA aboard for their second day. After an eventful night in the howling gale encamped at the base of a Civil War-era fort (what time do the sprinklers come on at Fort Taber Park?) the Scouts were down at the dock bright and early for breakfast and then a 0900 departure for a day of sailing.

This time the weather cooperated for an incredible day.... We set the fores'l as we departed New Bedford Harbor and motored over to Clark's Cove to set the trawl net in 20 feet of water along the west shore protected from the NW'ly wind.

As the trawl net was stowed all hands turned next to setting the single-reefed mains'l, jumbo and jib and we turned the head of the ship toward the South and the Elizabeth Islands. Quicks' Hole lay dead ahead as we flew across Buzzards Bay on the brisk but moderating breeze.

Just before lunchtime we tacked ship off Lone Rock and turned for the Harbor once more. You can see the overall track on the chart image to the right along with close ups of the trawl in Clarks Cove and the tack.

Great job by all aboard! It was an eventful weekend....

Program Coordinator: Steve Kirk
Captain: Gregg Swanzey

Breakfast at dockside.

The trawl comes up full out of Clarks Cove.

It takes the ship's rigging to get the trawl aboard and buckets of water to keep the critters alive. After the station is over everythng goes right back into the sea.

Everyone gets a close look during the learning stations. A bubbler keeps the water oxygen-rich as scouts take a look at the catch.

New Bedford around Clarks Point, across Buzzards Bay to Lone Rock off Quicks' Hole and back along the entrance channel to New Bedford State Pier.

Tack ship off Lone Rock.

All haul away to raise sail after the trawl is aboard.

Tug of war! with an advantage....

Out on the bowsprit furling the jib.

Drew had the helm on the approach, coming through the Hurricane Barrier and all the way to the dock. Great job!

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

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