Sunday, June 15, 2014

Topmasts Up!

On last Thursday and Friday the crew, lead by Captain Ben Hale, set the topmasts.  This is usually done in April but was delayed this spring by the lingering winter and our busy spring class schedule.
Captain Ben Hale and Deckhand Ben Swanton guide the main topmast into position
 Other News from the Schoolship Inland Seas:

New crew member Jim Herman removes the washdown pump for replacement

We are using a flux-gate compass until our magnetic compass is repaired (damaged in the lightning strike last October)
Thanks to The Traverse Tall Ship Co. for the loan of the KVH flux-gate compass.

The big news was reaching our 100,000th student mark last Tuesday.  

-Capt. Tom 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Meet Ben Swanton

Ben Swanton joined the Inland Sea's crew on Sunday.  He will be with us as Deckhand for most of the summer.  Say hi to Ben next time you are aboard. 
Ben's Second Day on the Job - Fitting Right In!
Welcome aboard, Ben - Capt. Tom & Capt. Ben

Gull Island Birding Cruise, June 1, 2014

We had a great day to sail to Gull Island in Grand Traverse Bay.  We were able to observe the herring gull colony, mute swans, cormorants and Caspian terns.  Bill Scharf counted 45 Caspian tern nests, which is good news for this threatened species.  We noted many fewer cormorants this year.

Our thanks to our presenters Jenee Rowe of the Leelanau Conservancy and Bill Scharf, and to the Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival.

Remains of the house on Gull Island

Close up of the old house foundation and chimneys

Gull Island Sail Participants
Thanks also to all who sailed with us.  Great to have you aboard. --Capt. Tom