Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Today was mainly for getting introduced to the crew and learning the basics about the ship and the Chesapeake Bay. We’ve already gotten a lot of experience washing the dishes! Tomorrow we will start our watches on deck in two shifts, starboard and port. All of us are pretty excited. The food has been wonderful, and the crew are very friendly and happy to teach. So, that’s a wrap for Day 1, can’t wait for tomorrow!

-         -  Whales One

Monday, June 29, 2015

Welcome to summer 2015!

With great excitement the Whales & Estuaries students, set sail aboard Lady Maryland this morning.  The 10 eager students jumped right in to help the crew get the boat get off the dock, and had the especially rare treat of sailing off the dock!  It's a beautiful day with favorable winds and everyone is excited for the adventure to begin.  The crew will post again when they have time and internet connection.  In the mean time, enjoy a few photos of the group leaving the dock in Baltimore.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CTY Trip 4: Scrimshaw and Wrap-up

After working on scrimshaw for the past few days, the students finally competed their designs and turned them into awesome necklaces and jewelry!

The students then finished cleaning the Lady Maryland top to bottom- one of the last of their duties as the trip comes to end.  Tonight, they presented the final projects that have been a huge comoponent of their education here on Lady Maryland. The students chose specific topics in whale ecology and marine science, developed research questions, proposed potential hypotheses, then created potential research experiments to test their questions.  They presented their results both with detailed posters and creative interpretations like raps, skits, and poems.

CTY Trip 4: Schooner Olympics

On their last full day at sea, the cadets got to test their new sailing expertise in the Schooner Olympics.  The students competed in teams of Port and Starboard Watch in the following events:
1. Ballantine coiling
2. Line identification/pin chase
3. Knot tying
4. Relay race (stations included locating bearings on watch off the bow, reciting emergency protocol, and identifying compass directions)
5. Writing down standing orders verbatim
And finally...
6. Using the ship's halyard lines to lift our beloved second mate Joe.

At various points, the teams were rewarded 5 points, two goats, a cow, pi(e), and a meat grinder.

But the real winner was Joe.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CTY Trip 4: Bouyancy

After anchoring in the Narragansett Bay, the cadets got to learn about bouyancy and boat design by building their own miniature boats and testing how much "cargo" they could hold.  Their supplies? Nothing more than a sheet of aluminum foil, two balloons, four popsicle sticks, and a strip of duct tape. The cadets split up into groups and competed to see who could construct the strongest boat.

The winning boat carried over five pounds.

Some boats even carried live cargo!

As did some crew members.

CTY Trip 4: Cuttyhunk Island

What an eventful day! The cadets cast big nets and pulled in a variety of specimen, including over 80 different crabs.  They then helped anchor The Lady Maryland near the sparsely populated Cuttyhunk Island. After a quick swim (see previous post), the cadets got to dissect a squid a write a letter with a squid quill (spine) and squid ink.  The entire crew then took shifts hopping into The Swamp Fox, The Lady Maryland's smaller and more navigable counterpart, to head to the island proper.  Captain took everyone to a local ice cream shop and bought them each a two-scoop cone- delicious! 

After a good noght's sleep, everyone got to hop on a small boat and take a tour of local resident Seth Garfield's oyster farm.  Seth even let us taste some of his tasty- and salty- oysters!

Though some cadets say they are looking forward to sleeping in once they get back, spirits remain high, and almost everyone seems sad that the trip is coming to an end.

CTY Trip 4: Swimming

Today The Lady Maryland anchored near Cuttyhunk Island and the cadets got a chance to get off, swim, and wash off with some of the Captain's dish soap.  How refreshing!