April 25, 2003
After Nine Weeks at Sea Sailors Return to Land
SEAmester Ship Returns to Greenport on Sunday, April 27
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The Spirit of Massachusetts will sail into Greenport Harbor at Claudio's Dock this Sunday, April 27 at approximately 10:00 a.m. On board, looking for land, will be the 20 student sailors who began their voyage nine weeks ago in the Caribbean as part of the Southampton College SEAmester program.
The students and faculty members lived and studied on board the 125-foot schooner as it sailed from St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. to Greenport, N.Y. During the trip, students had a chance to visit a number of natural and historical sites. In the Virgin Islands, they snorkeled through coral reefs. In Antigua, they explored an 18th century dockyard and experienced tropical rocky shore studies. Other stops included Barbados, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cumberland Island, GA., where they studied the barrier island's ecosystem and salt marshes.
Since 1976, Southampton College has offered this unique program where students not only can earn up to 16 credits for classes, but they also have a demanding job of helping crew the ship, standing deck watch, manning the helm, and setting the acre of sail. Classes such as Navigation and Seamanship, Literature of the Sea, Maritime History and Biological Survey of the Atlantic and Caribbean Coast are offered during the voyage.
Southampton College, one of Long Island University's three residential campuses, is nationally recognized for its Marine Science and Environmental programs. SEAmester is part of the Long Island University Plan emphasizing experiential learning.