As we landed in New Bedford, the Lady Maryland crew had the opportunity to explore the New Bedford Whaling Museum. We had the privilege to see (and smell!) a national treasure in the most complete whale skeleton in the U.S. In the museum we were also able to see a half sized replica of the Lagota, an old whaling vessel. After personalizing our very own scrimshaw during the transit to New Bedford, we were able to see the largest scrimshaw collection in the country!
Then we sailed to Woods Hole, MA where we started the day off by heading on a dock tour of the research vessel, Knorr as well as Alvin, the submarine that was used to search for the Titanic. We learned that the U.S. Navy actually commissioned Alvin to find two submarines under a cover story of looking for the Titanic. The research team was able to find the submarines so quickly that they used their leftover time to actually find the Titanic! Later on we were able to see the REMUS, a great white shark tracker. We saw footage of a REMUS being attacked by the shark it was tracking, and then we saw the robot itself in the exhibition center where we were able to feel its battle scars.
To top off the day, Captain Sarah treated the crew to ice cream and a fun game of kickball!
The next day the cadets gave tours of the Pungy schooner to another talented youth camp. Later they went on a scavenger hunt around Woods Hole which wrapped up with a visit to the aquarium where they were able to see the feeding of seals.
Finally, the Lady Maryland set sail once again and is now anchored near Martha's Vineyard and the cadets are looking forward to a great last full day at sea!
Our life sized lobster from the scavenger hunt!