The Roseway, an educational schooner, which is a part of the World Ocean School, travels to St. Croix every winter. It is back on St. Croix and 24 elementary children, 4 parent chaperones, the elementary teacher and her assistant were excited to board on January 24th, 2018. Our students were able to support this non-profit educational vessel due to supporters of our Hurricane Relief Fund.
The students had fun learning about life aboard the sailing vessel and nautical science. According to Helen Collins and Bella Davis-McCarthy, elementary children of SCM, “Sailing the Roseway was an awesome experience.”
Before boarding, everyone was gathered in a circle to introduce themselves. The children were then given a lesson on the community values that the Roseway crew honor to be a successful team while aboard the ship. John, a crew member discussed why it is helpful and important to have values such as respect, communication, trust, self-worth, and team work while aboard the ship. The children participated fully in the discussions and when they were asked, where else they can implement those community values, they gave meaningful feedback and insight.
Before sailing out, the children were giving the opportunity to assist the crew to raise the sails and at the same time, they were given a lesson on the names of the sails. It was a very windy day, so the crew only raised the jumbo sail. The children were divided into three teams. Each team had one student leader and two adult chaperones. The teams toured the ship and rotated from one station to the next where they were given lessons on:
- the history of the Roseway,
- the special names of the parts of the ship (bow, stern, port, and starboard),
- the special names of certain areas on the ship (the saloon, the helm, the galley and the head),
- simple machines (pulleys, lever, and axle),
- the names of the sails (peak, throat halyard, and jumbo) and
- tying knots (figure eight, bowline, square knot and barrel).
At the end of the day, the children were given the opportunity to see how the Roseway crew communicated to lower the sails.
Sadly, some children were seasick. They were told to watch a fixed point on land and were given candied ginger to ease their nausea. On our way back to shore, we received showers of blessings. Regardless of getting wet, the children enjoyed the rain. Before we departed the ship, the children thanked and expressed deep gratitude to the Roseway crew (John, Ben, Eric, Tim, Holly, Krystina, Amanda, Andy, and Perry) for a wonderful and awesome experience aboard their ship.
- The Roseway was built in 1925. She is almost 93 years old.
- The Roseway is one of only six original Grand Banks schooners, and the only schooner specifically designed to beat the Nova Scotians in the international fishing vessel races of the 1920s and 1930s.
- The Roseway sank on September 14, 1926, but she was raised and repaired.
- The Roseway set a record of 74 swordfish caught in one day in 1934.
- The Roseway was used as a pilot ship to guide ships to protect the harbor.
Learn More About The Roseway!
“Hop on board and experience Roseway for yourself. From Boston to St. Croix, and sunset sails to multi-week voyages — there are plenty of ways to get involved.” You can learn more about the Roseway and how you can donate by going to their website at https://worldoceanschool.org.