09/20/16 - IN THE NEWS: Boston's Tall Ship Roseway Headed for Cuba

IN THE NEWS: Boston's Tall Ship Roseway Headed for Cuba

Roseway to become the first authentic, original U.S. Tall Ship in 57 years to dock in Havana

BOSTON, MA (September 22, 2016)World Ocean School, an educational non-profit based in Boston, will sail its 137-foot U.S. National Landmark Schooner Roseway to Cuba, arriving on October 22, 2016 for a four-day stay in Havana. On board will be 22 students from Proctor Academy for a semester-at-sea program, who will engage in community service projects throughout the city. World Ocean School will invite Cuban students to the docked Roseway to learn about the history and restoration of Boston’s Tall Ship. The purpose is to launch an ongoing relationship between Cuban and U.S. students.

The 1925 Grand Banks schooner Roseway, home ported in Boston Harbor for the past 10 years, will depart for Cuba from Gloucester on September 23. Roseway will become the first authentic, original U.S. Tall Ship in 57 years to dock in Havana. Roseway may serve as an ambassador ship between the two countries on annual visits.

According to Pamela Cunningham, board chair of World Ocean School, this expedition to Cuba represents a remarkable chapter in Roseway’s celebrated 91-year history. “With this unprecedented voyage to Cuba, we are bringing U.S. students an extraordinary opportunity to see a new part of the world and to engage, collaborate and foster lasting relationships with their peers in Cuba. We are honored that Roseway will become the first authentic, original U.S. Tall Ship to dock in Havana in almost 60 years, and will be part of such a positive and important cultural and educational exchange.”

"Traveling the world is one of the best things students can do to become good global citizens. This program is a wonderful opportunity for New England students to witness firsthand this new chapter in U.S.-Cuba relations," Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) said. "Our next generation of leaders must be prepared to meet global challenges and this trip will give these students the chance to give back through community service and make our country proud as young ambassadors. I am grateful to the World Ocean School for leading this innovative program and providing this incredible opportunity for our students." 

Roseway's historic voyage to Cuba is supported by a donation from Stonegate Bank, a full-service commercial bank serving businesses and individuals across South and West Florida.

World Ocean School, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has served thousands of Boston students for the last decade. The rigorous educational programs focus on critical issues for today’s youth: community service, leadership and academic advancement. With more than 75% of World Ocean School students designated as under-served, these programs have an effective and lasting impact on Boston’s communities. In the evenings, Roseway provides the city with a memorable tourist attraction, offering the public evening sails on Boston Harbor.

For news on this front, visit Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom Blog
New England Students to Begin Semester at Sea with Trip to Cuba - Boston Globe