Schooner Ren­dezvous ves­sels give ed­u­ca­tional tours

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Sev­eral of the boats par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 11th an­nual Cam­bridge Schooner Ren­dezvous wel­comed stu­dents aboard for ed­u­ca­tional tours on Thurs­day and Fri­day.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

The Lady Mary­land docks at Long Wharf Park in Cam­bridge on Thurs­day, Oct. 20, for ed­u­ca­tional tours at the Schooner Ren­dezvous.

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