OHP's first Teen Summer Voyage, July 2 - July 14, just wrapped. Below are the correspondences from the ship and the office, who forwarded on messages to trainee parents. Enjoy these updates and photos! 

 TEEN VOYAGE 1: Newport, RI to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to Boston, MA and everywhere in between! 

TEEN VOYAGE 1: Newport, RI to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to Boston, MA and everywhere in between! 

 

JULY 3, 2018

Hello all!

The sun sets on another day of programming on OHP. Both yesterday and today were scheduled with plenty of activity.

After boarding, trainees were immediately thrown into orientation. Passports were retrieved, cell phones surrendered, and bunks and watches assigned. After crew introductions and dinner, we threw off the dock lines and motored into Narragansett bay for our evening anchorage. 

Trainees received their first taste of the watch schedule as we broke into the anchor watch rotation. This watch is a two hour rotation of 2 pro crew and 3 trainees. One pro crew remained on deck while another pro crew orientated the trainees with the standard procedures of being on watch. This was particularly helpful as the trainees could come to understand the procedures without the initial stress of standing watch while underway. 

Anchor watch transitioned into an all-hands breakfast at 0530 and pro crew and trainees jumped straight into emergency drills. First, pro crew  walked trainees through the station bill and their roles and responsibilities that come with each. Man overboard, abandon ship, and fire emergencies were drilled for 2 hours to ensure understanding. The Captain and crew value and protect the safety of every individual aboard OHP.  

As drills were ensuing, Captain was navigating the ship through Buzzards Bay. Trainees and pro crew fell into their standard watch as the ship made her way through the Cape Cod Canal. The afternoon saw all-hands for educational programming on line handling and squares'l setting & striking. Trainees then set the main stays'l and fore stays'l as the ship made her way to Provincetown, Massachusetts. 

The cherry on top of the evening: swim call! All-hands jumped into Provincetown Harbor at sunset. 

Although trainees have only been aboard for 24 hours, they're certainly comfortable and acclimating! It is great to see trainees from near and far making friends. And the pro crew are enjoying getting to know them better. We will have plenty of time to do so in the coming days!

Best,

Hannah Spicer (Deckhand)


JULY 4, 2018

Good evening and happy 4th July from all at OHP.

The ship left Provincetown this morning and is currently sailing over the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

I don't have a direct blog post from the crew today, but we have been in regular contact and all is well.

Attached are a few more photos from yesterday, a photo of the cupcakes they made today, and some great photos of the ship at sunrise this morning that I was sent by Hamilton Magri Jr.

Best wishes, Jess (OHP Executive Director)


JULY 6, 2018

Good afternoon

Some great photos today from the ship attached! I hope you are all able to spot your trainee, if not, please rest assured they are fine and probably just a bit camera shy. The crew are working on getting photos of all of them, as I know a few of you have made requests.

They anchored in Bar Habor last night and got underway for Lunenburg this morning around 11am. The grandmother of two of the trainees was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of them leaving and shared the last photo with me.

Best wishes,

Jess


JULY 7, 2018

Good evening,

The internet connection on the ship is not strong enough for photos tonight, but I do have this great update to share! Always a good day under sail especially with whales!

Yesterday morning trainees learned stage one of aloft training aka "up and overs" while at anchor. They learned: proper and safe harness donning. Maintaining 3 points of contact with the rig while climbing. When and where to clip into the rig while climbing. They climbed the ratlines of the main mast up and over. As expected, many trainees were scared, nervous, and apprehensive. I am proud of those who at first were unsure of their abilities, but followed through and came back to the deck with smiles on their faces. 

We hauled up anchor at 1200 and said goodbye to p-town. As we hoped, whales were seen rounding the cape! We motored through the night and stood in our watches. Through the evening, pro crew ran through the station bill again and stressed the importance of readiness at a moment’s notice. 

Morning saw us through south eastern Maine. Around 0800, the ball started rolling! The following sails were set under just one watch which was impressive in and of itself- the fore stays'l, fore course, fore tops'l, main stays'l, main tops'l, main t'gallant, mizzen tops'l. Trainees got their taste of the hard work necessary in setting these sails!

Captain cut the engine around 1000, and we spent the next 10 hours under sail. Watches proceeded through the afternoon of sailing along coastal Maine. Trainees got good practice at bow watch and using bow watch commands and the point system of identifying the location of any possible hazards. For example: “two lobster pot buoys, 3 points off the starboard bow" or "small sailboat off port beam."

This evening we are anchored off of Mount Desert Island, Maine, within Acadia National Park. Nearly all hands bent in with their backs to strike and furl the sails we set today. Sails are stowed for the evening and anchor watches have begun.

Talk soon!

Hannah


JULY 8, 2018

Good afternoon,

All is well aboard OHP as they arrived in Lunenburg this morning. They have cleared customs and the trainees are ashore with the crew exploring the quaint and beautiful Canadian coastal town.

I hope to have some more photos and blogs to share, and will forward them on as I get them.

Best wishes,

Jess


JULY 11, 2018

Good evening,

Around 4pm this evening Oliver Hazard Perry arrived in Rockland, ME. They’ve cleared back into US customs and are all set to continue their voyage south and are well out of the way of Hurricane Chris.

We’ve heard that the trainees and crew all fell in love with Lunenburg and really enjoyed their time there. This was the vessels first return to Canada since the hull was purchased and towed to Rhode Island 10 years ago, so it was quite a historic trip. There is a nice post here from Lunenburg Board of Trade - here

As a reminder you can always follow the ship’s progress on our website here: https://www.ohpri.org/track-the-ship/

As the end of the trip approaches all too quickly please remember that pick up is 11am on Saturday July 14. We will dock at the Moakley Court House dock in Boston. It’s right next to the Barking Crab Restaurant (88 Sleeper St, Boston). The ship will be open from 11-12pm for you to come aboard and take a tour from your newly qualified crew member!

Best wishes, Jess


JULY 13, 2018

Good morning,

All is well aboard Oliver Hazard Perry as they head for their final destination! After departing Rockland they sailed to Monhegan, Maine and spent the day there before raising anchor to sail south to Boston. We expect them to drop anchor in the Boston Harbor Islands this evening. They plan on docking at 10am tomorrow morning if you would like to see them come in, please plan on arriving a little early.

As a reminder you can always follow the ship’s progress on our website here: https://www.ohpri.org/track-the-ship/

As a reminder pick up is 11am on Saturday July 14. We will dock at the Moakley Court House dock in Boston. It’s right next to the Barking Crab Restaurant (88 Sleeper St, Boston). The ship will be open from 11-12pm for you to come aboard and take a tour from your newly qualified crew member!

Best wishes,

Jess


JULY 13, 2018

Good evening,

Tonight the trainees will spend their final night as crew aboard Oliver Hazard Perry, reflecting back on their past two weeks aboard. The ship is now anchored in the Boston outer harbor islands, and I’m pleased to have a few more photos to share from the crew.

Enjoy your reunion tomorrow and I’m sure they will have some great stories to share

Best wishes, Jess