Seventh-grade students from Block Island, Rhode Island, and nearby Fishers Island, New York, recently exchanged their classrooms for a 5-day excursion along the coast of Martha’s Vineyard aboard the topsail schooner Shenandoah.
According to an article in the Block Island Times, the Black Dog Tall Ships Company organized the program with the objective of teaching kids the old ways of fixing, sailing and taking care of older-model ships. Students helped the crew in daily projects and jobs such as knot-tying and hoisting sails.
To read an account of their trip:
Block Island Times
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Dan Mathers is a freelance writer and publisher of the online New England outdoors site SixStates.net. He is a former associate editor for Offshore magazine, and his work has been published in Cape Cod Life, South Shore Living and Adirondack Life. For more information, visit danmathers.com.