Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 20

Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 20

North Haven Island, ME

Dylan

Sunday, September 28, 2020 

Today, our second Sunday aboard Roseway was…eventful. We awoke to the sight of surrounding fog which made for quite a damp morning. During our morning muster we were told that, after our morning chores, we would be motoring from Swans Island to Isle Au Haut (pronounced a isle a ho) where we would spend the afternoon savaging the rocky coast for muscles, clams, and crabs. After the launching of the small boats and our touch down on land everyone quickly stated to submerge in the muddy beach, flipping rocks and getting our hands dirty. I have to say, despite coming back smelling like low tide it was very fun. We ended up with four full buckets of muscles! We found one clam but did not keep it, but the crabs were plentiful. We did not take any back however because they were simply too small, though it was fun trying not to get pinched while picking one up! If I had to guess id say we collected anywhere from 150 to 200 muscles within our small area of search. We are all excited to eat our hard earned, hard picked collection.  Afterwards, while waiting the small boats shuttling to and from Roseway, a massive, all out free-for-all seaweed war broke out. The instigators remain unknown, but it escalated quickly and left many picking off bits of seaweed for hours. The highlights of the glorious battle were Mr. Terry athletic evasive maneuvers and, of course the heaping piles of seaweed that Thane dumped onto unsuspecting victims. It was a very fun memorable experience and if your still having trouble picturing it, just imagine a snowball fight with seaweed. After a we ended the night with a swim call so everyone could wash the smell of mud, muscles, and seaweed off. We then lifted the anchor and set the sails, headed toward North Haven Island. After a few short hours underway we arrived. After a delicious meal, night was filled with ditty bag making, board games, and homework. With everyone sound asleep in their bunks dreaming of our collected muscles, and few on anchor watch I think everyone would agree today was one to remember.