Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Literature of the Sea Program Aboard Manitou

Mindy Clawson brought her Benzie Central senior literature students aboard Manitou this afternoon for Literature of the Sea, a new program developed by ISEA and the late Kathy Wolterink, a much beloved Benzie Central teacher. Midway through the program we paused to have a reflective time of silence in Kathy's honor. ISEA Volunteer Instructor Jennifer Stairs and friend of Kathy's then read Tennyson's poem "Crossing the Bar":

Sunset and evening star

And one clear call for me!

And may there he no moaning of the bar

When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,

Too full for sound and foam,

When that which drew from out the boundless deep

Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell.

And after that the dark!

And may there he no sadness of farewell,

When I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place

The flood may bear me far,

I hope to see my Pilot face to face

When I have crost the bar.

Books that made up our program today included Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl, The Sea Wolf by Jack London, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, and The Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis. Students read passages from the books and were lead in discussion by ISEA Volunteer Instructors. Students also participated in the Seamanship and Navigation stations. During the Seamanship Station, each group ran the chip log, which compared exactly with the GPS indicated speed. ---Tom Kelly
Earlier in the day Inland Seas sailed with St. Mary's School, Lake Leelanau on the calm waters of Suttons Bay:

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