Whaleboat Expedition Crew
Apprentice Whaleboat Expedition
from Rockland, Maine to Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut
Departure: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Estimated arrival: Friday, June 28, 2013
Students at The Apprenticeshop, the school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship in Rockland Maine, have mounted a 350 mile expedition aboard their newly built 29’ Leonard whaleboat, an open wooden boat with five rowing stations and a 22 foot steering oar.
Check in at this blog site to read of their daily progress.
To view photos of Whaleboat Expedition send-off, please visit Marine Media and our facebook page.
Day 1: Leaving Rockland Harbor
Apprentice Whaleboat Expedition
Sunday, June 16, 2013—Day One
An enthusiastic crowd, a beautiful Penobscot Bay sunrise, and calm weather conditions greeted the ten members of the Apprentice Whaleboat Expedition on the docks at The Apprenticeshop this morning. After stowing the full two-week’s gear in both the whaleboat and accompanying chase boat Advent (36’ Bud McIntosh schooner), the 29’ open boat left the dock at 5:30 a.m. with Captain Bryan McCarthy, Apprenticeshop Shop Director, at the helm. Apprentices Rachel Davis, Daniel Creisher, Simon Jack, Garrett Farchione and Tim Jacobus were in the rowing stations. Read More
Day 3 Rain
Monday, June 17, 2013—Day Two
The whaleboat departed the Lydon’s haven at 6:30 a.m. They aim to cross through the mouth of the Damariscotta River this morning and clear the mouth of Kennebec this afternoon, hoping to land at Hermit Island Campground on Small Point (Phippsburg, Maine) for the night. If all goes as planned, the crew will continue on Tuesday and hope to spend the night at Portland Yacht Services in Portland Harbor.
The Crew Day 3
The apprentices had another fantastic day on the water. They rowed clear across a very clear and calm Casco Bay, from Small Point to a bit of a rainy Portland, averaging over 3 knots. Details to come.
Whaleboat Under Sail!
Today, they’re sailing!
After an early morning interview and filming with WCSH-Channel 6 (we’ll post it when we get it), the Whaleboat Expedition departed Portland Harbor at about 8:00 a.m.
The crew enjoyed an unanticipated overnight aboard Westward, the 125’ sailing vessel associated with Ocean Classroom last night. Chris Konecky reports that he and Simon Jack got special treatment and were bunked in the Captain’s quarters. “It was a big fancy room,” he said, “lots of varnish and mattresses on the bunks!” Others slept in forward berths while Tim Jacobus opted to tent on the lawn at SailMaine.
UNH/Fort Constitution, Newcastle, NH
The Apprentice Whaleboat Expedition had another fantastic — if not long — day in the Gulf of Maine. They departed Kennebunkport at 8:00 a.m. and rowed all 27 miles to Portsmouth. In the last hour of the day, they had to work double time against an outgoing tide and a head wind to get around Portsmouth Light and into the old Fort Constitution Coast Guard Station in New Castle, New Hampshire.
The station is now operated by the University of New Hampshire as a steel head trout research center, and the apprentices’ new friends from UNH helped them tie up to the dock, opened the shower facilities and allowed them to spend the night there. Ken Rich (of the expedition’s chase boat, Advent) was especially pleased, UNH being his alma mater.
Visit from a seal pup
A 6:00 a.m. departure had the crew riding out of Portsmouth on an incoming mid-tide, just shy of flood. Out of the harbor, the seas were flat calm and conducive to making great progress. By 8:00 a.m. they’d already covered 10 miles. Although the seas began to swell a little, the breeze was very light and the crew had no trouble rowing steadily by the New Hampshire coastline.
Spirits of the crew continue to be high; everyone is in great health and enjoying the journey.
Motif No.1, Rockport, MA
Having arrived in Rockport, MA harbor yesterday, they were given a hearty greeting by Harbormaster Rosemary Lesh and her son, Story, Commodore of the Sandy Bay Yacht Club. Story welcomed the crew to the yacht club where they were able to spend the night in the instructors’ lounge.
When we caught up with the crew at 6:30 a.m., they had just departed the harbor by sail. The day started with an ample southwest breeze leaving the harbor, but then it died down and the crew put in the oars. They were passing Thacher Island as they phoned in the day’s report.
Rowing to Scituate, MA
The Apprentice Whaleboat Expedition had fantastic hospitality from Ashop friends Bob and Judith Yorke of Scituate. The Yorkes are avid open ocean rowers and have rowed the entire coast of Maine in their 20’ dory. When they learned of the expedition this past spring, they went out of their way to help the crew in their planning and, last night, rolled out the red carpet for them. Read More