Schooner Rendezvous vessels give educational tours
CAMBRIDGE — All manner of boats were in town for the 11th annual Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous last weekend, and several of them welcomed students on board for educational experiences.
On Thursday, Oct. 20, Maple Elementary School fourth grade students took a field trip to Long Wharf Park to tour the Skipjack
Nathan of Dorchester and schooners Lady Maryland and Prom Queen. Lou Hyman, president of the Dorchester Skipjack Committee, talked to students aboard the Nathan about the history of the
skipjack and oystering.
Students learned about the importance of oysters and how they are harvested, and even got to help haul up the dredge and sift through shells. They were taught that oysters are important for three major reasons: the local economy, filtering of the water, and providing habitat to other creatures such as fish and small crabs.
Prom Queen Captain Roger Worthington showed students what life is like living on a boat. Students toured the living quarters below deck, received a crash course in navigation and safety, and participated in raising and lowering a sail.
On the Lady Maryland, students learned more about water ecology through testing demonstrations and more.
The Schooner Rendezvous activities continue at Long Wharf with more educational tours on Friday, Oct. 21, and the free festival on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23. The event was hosted by the Richardson Maritime Museum.
Lady Maryland, Sultana, Prom Queen and the Jolly Dolphin, a schooner built by Jim Richardson, joined other vessels in the festivities. While docked, a number of the ships put out their gangplanks and invite the public aboard for tours and day sails.
The Vigilant Crew, a living history group focused on naval history during the 17th and 18th century, set up their encampment. More than 50 vendors were on site selling artwork, nautical pieces, jewelry and varied other items.
There were day sails and dockside tours, walking tours of Cambridge’s historic High Street, live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Darnell’s Barbeque, Chesapeake Gold Oysters and steamed crabs from Ocean Odyssey will enhance the event with the tastes of the Eastern Shore.
Several of the boats participating in the 11th annual Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous welcomed students aboard for educational tours on Thursday and Friday.
The Lady Maryland docks at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge on Thursday, Oct. 20, for educational tours at the Schooner Rendezvous.