Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Blog notes

This blog is being managed on land by Bill Denneen in the communications office. Our sailors, using a satellite phone and laptop computer (they're waterproof, right?), will post to the blog via email, and Bill will publish it in the blog. Each post will say "posted by MHC", and the writer's name will be shown in the body of the message.

Piloting, Seamanship, and Tall Ship Handling: Course Description

During January term, eleven students will join the crew of HMS Bounty for two weeks of deep-water sailing in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship will sail south from St. Petersburg, Florida, to the Dry Tortugas, east to Key West, and north to St. Petersburg between January 5 and January 19, 2005. There will also be opportunities to visit an old Civil War fort and explore an underwater wreck in the Dry Tortugas.

Students will be integral members of the ship's crew in every respect: standing watch, working in the rigging, and manning the helm. They will learn the art and science of navigating, handling, and maintaining a 180 foot-long, three-masted, full-rigged ship, living and working much as sailors did in the 18th century. As time, weather, and opportunities present themselves, students will learn maritime history, celestial (and GPS) navigation, and ordinary seamanship. This replica of a late 18th century merchant ship was built in 1960, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, for the film Mutiny on the Bounty.