Trainees from Brooklyn Boatworks of New York and Piscataqua Maritime Commission of New Hampshire sailed on OHP from July 18 through July 25, 2018. The following posts are updates given from the ship and office and shared with trainee parents. Enjoy this recap of the Boston, MA to Portsmouth, NH voyage.
JULY 18, 2018
The trainees all successfully boarded the ship in Boston early this afternoon and after spending some time settling in and going through our orientation they got underway and off the dock. By 5pm this evening they were anchored just off Long Island, one of the Boston Outer Harbor Islands. They will stay here for the night anchored before getting underway again tomorrow.
As a reminder, you are able to track the ship on our website at https://www.ohpri.org/track-the-ship/
The Yellow Brick program updates every 4 hours marking their position. You can also track the vessel through AIS at www.marinetraffic.com but please remember that this only operates while they are in VHF range. We do speak with the ship every day via satellite to get updates about their position, weather, operating conditions etc. so please do not be overly concerned if the ship's position is not always up to date.
It’s going to be a great trip and I look forward to sharing the blogs and photos with you. Here is the first one below and some photos attached,
Jess (OHPRI Executive Director)
July 18, 2018
The first day on the OHP, one could say we are off to a very productive start. The crew is very warmhearted and welcoming, they are all more than ready to help us trainees quite literally learn the ropes. As trainees, our first order of business was finding our bunks. The boys sleep in a sixteen person cabin, and the girls are split five and eight. Trainees were initially told to leave all of their luggage in their bunks and report to the great cabin where the crew collected students’ phones and prescription medications. Students were also assigned a number between 1 and 30, which is used during mustering. When all hands ‘muster’ we stand together typically mid-ship and call out our numbers, this acts as a faster form off attendance.
After mustering for the first time, we returned to the great cabin to start our first segment of orientation with Si Yu the OHP’s medical officer. We were then briefed on safety and expectations with Julia the program manager. After, we were dismissed to go and unpack our belongings into our bunks as well as our lockers. After this we began to prepare to leave the dock. To start the crew had to strike the gangway (which is ship speak for disassembling the super high tech ramp that connects both ship and dock). After, the fenders were pulled onto deck and deflated (big white buoys that prevent the ship from scraping the dock). Then the dock lines were cast off!
The ship was off and was making its way out of Boston Harbor. The sails had yet to be set so the two engines were whirring as we moved right along. We were heading east towards the mouth of the harbor towards the islands just off the coast of Boston, it is here where we would drop the anchor to stay the night. Next on the list of things to do was being divided into our watches… There are three watches of ten: A, B, and C. Throughout the day and night the watches rotate every four hours as they carry out boat checks, helm manning, galley help, and looking out.
Everyone on board is super excited to start training, but at the end of a long day of travel everyone was more than happy to eat and watch the beautiful sunset over Boston… Here’s to the start of a fantastic trip, bon voyage!
by Brennan Desmond, Sarah Palmer, Kai Arsenault
JULY 19, 2018
All is well aboard OHP this evening as they head out over the Stellwagen Bank. After wrapping up the first stage of our safety orientation this morning at anchor, they raised the anchor and set sail around lunchtime heading northwest.
A few photos are attached from our engineer, Don.
We also hope to see many of you in Portsmouth as we arrive to join the festivities of the Sail Portsmouth festival next weekend - http://www.fosters.com/news/20180718/tall-ships-to-return-for-sail-portsmouth-festival
JULY 20, 2018
All is well aboard OHP this evening as she sails north of Cape Cod after sailing over the Stellwagen Bank since Thursday afternoon. Tomorrow they will anchor in Provincetown Harbor for a shore excursion and to let a low pressure weather system pass. The ship will then have some cell phone data connectivity for some much anticipated photos, and hopefully tales of whales!
JULY 21, 2018
All is well aboard OHP in Provincetown, MA this evening. They anchored around lunch time and spend the afternoon ashore visiting the monument and exploring the town. They will remain anchored until Monday morning, when they will head to the Isle of Shoals for Tuesday evening.
Below find a great blog post from Brennan Desmond about their adventures today and a couple of photos attached.
Provincetown: OHP July 21, 2018
The fourth day on the OHP… After the first few days of settling in we are all becoming more and more comfortable with one another. Each trainee is becoming, or already is familiar with the choppy sleeping schedule. With each early morning and every late night we are learning more about the ship and each other. Many students on the ship can agree that some of the best conversations happen as the moon and stars come out. The first watch started at the usual time, 0000 (12:00 am) as we made our way into the hook of Cape Cod on our course to Provincetown.
Many hours later, as we arrived in the Provincetown harbor we began to strike the sails. Trainees worked with pro-crew as we ‘showed off’ to nearby boats and beach goers. After a half an hour of labor each sail was doused, each stay sail was furled and hung, and by now everyone was ready for a trip to shore. The aft small boat was lowered into the water, and the ladder was hung off the starboard side. Trainees and pro-crew rode the small boat from the anchored OHP to the public docks in Provincetown harbor. After three trips everyone made it to shore and we all set off with our chaperones to the pilgrim monument. At the top we could see over the whole harbor, and the OHP was easily the largest vessel there.
Back at the bottom of the tower everyone decided it was time for some well-deserved ice cream. Provincetown was quite busy on this summer day as the streets bustled with brightly dressed passerby, the beaches too drew in many people.
After about three hours in the town the small boat returned to the docks to bring us back to the ship. Many of us stated that after being on land we missed being on the ship. Still recovering from our sea-legs, people remarked how it felt as if the ground itself was swaying like the boat.
As peers returned to the ship every trainee seemed to crowd to the deck houses to sit and get a better view of the twilit sky. Another full day of learning and adventure, with still more to follow.
by Brennan Desmond
JULY 23, 2018
The ship departed Provincetown this morning and enjoyed a pleasant downwind sail on to the southern tip of Stellwagen Bank, they then sailed back over towards the Isle of Shoals and have just anchored this evening in Gosport Harbor.
Attached are a couple of photos sent to us from one of the other vessel in the festival who spotted us entering the anchorage.
JULY 24, 2018
Our trainees final night aboard. They spent the day ashore at Appledore Island today in the Isle of Shoals. The swell built at sea today so the decision was made to remain at anchor. Tomorrow they will have an early start to prepare to join the Parade of Sail.
July 25, 2018 by Brennan Desmond
The final few days on the OHP, in short, were the best. In the early morning of Tuesday 24th July we arrived just outside the Isles of Shoals. The Captain’s plan was to take the small boats to Appledore Island to tour the labs and gardens. The first order of business was furling the sails for the Parade of Sail the next morning. Trainees went aloft and beautified the sails in a long process of folding, gasket coiling, and descending from the yards. We finished just in time for the long awaited swim call. The trainees’ chance to jump from the ship into the cool water below.
Each student displayed their best belly flops, pencil dives, cannonballs, and panicked flails. Siyu however made the most impressive splash as his created a rainbow above him. Though the swim call was short it was a great relief in the oncoming humidity of the day. Trainees washed and changed into dry clothes then we began to load the small boats to take us to Appledore.
On the island we quickly became accustomed to the cries of angry seagulls as they chased us away from their chicks. Captain Wells led a tour around the island, through the UNH labs and down to the gardens. Trainees climbed down seaweed covered rocks and to the cool clear water just before the trips back to the ship.
Back on the ship trainees got ready for their elective classes; the options were history of sailing in art, engineering, marine firefighting, and seawater sampling. I participated in the history of sailing in art class where we learned about the nautical alphabet as displayed through flags. We learned what the flags meant and when it was appropriate to fly them. Julia, who led the class, informed us we would soon have a pilot onboard, as a sign of respect we would fly the flag ‘hotel’ telling other boats we had a pilot onboard. In engineering they learned about the ship’s generator, engine, and machine room. In seawater sampling students went to the sea lab and learned about plankton in the water and other microscopic organisms. The marine firefighting class learned the basics on how to control a fire on a vessel like ours.
The crew decided a few days earlier that we should have a talent show, so on Tuesday night that plan came to fruition. We saw many acts, Kai Arsenault juggled while listing digits of pie and singing the alphabet in reverse. Claire Barbour, Abby Pitcairn, Alizay Toussaint, and I performed Feliz Navidad for whatever reason. We saw Ollie Witham and his band of Logan Cibrowski and Oscar Foye perform an original song with their harmonica and ukulele. Cody freestyle rapped, and Alyssa performed a dance. Even the chaperones got involved as Mark displayed his handstand, and John did standup ‘comedy’. The great cabin was filled with laughter and cheers and as the evening wound down the crew played Moana as we all sang and danced along. On our final night together we trainees resolved to pull and all-nighter, however the dream was short lived as our eyes were heavy from a long eventful day. That night we all slept well.
On our final morning on 25th July breakfast was filled with the same hearty spirit as every other morning. That morning we cleaned our berthing areas and gathered our belongings. Our farewells so near but we remained positive and light hearted knowing full well we would soon say goodbye to our New York friends. The fo’c’sle, 12 man, and 16 man were all cleaned and trainees found themselves with free-time before the Parade of Sail. There was a dense fog as we made our way into the Portsmouth harbor, however just as the fun of the parade began it lifted.
The ship came to the Downtown Portsmouth bridge which lifted for us as we entered the harbor, following our procession was Roseway and Harvey Gamage. OHP made a loop in the harbor and went back under the bridge and to the Pierce Island docks. Photographers and the news came onboard as trainees spent their final few hours together. As families came aboard to tour we all began saying goodbye. Many pictures were taken and many hugs were given as we left the ship after an amazing trip.
Now, our voyage complete we find ourselves home in our own beds. However, sleep may elude many of us as in our sleeplessness we quietly mourn the soft rocking of the sea; for, as we slept in our time aboard the ocean cradled us like children in her ancient arms.
Our final days at sea were ones that we will find hard to forget. Boarding as strangers and disembarking as friends. Sad from our goodbyes, humbled from our experience, and in solace with our memories; together we close this short but remarkable chapter.
Tonight, we will all dream of the sea.