It’s a Squidpocalypse!

After spending a week at the dock completing maintenance projects and getting some much-deserved downtime, our crew was ready for our final week at sea.  

We began our sail Sunday for Provincetown with Pine Tree Council Boy Scouts of America, Tall Ships Portland Sea Scouts, and Westbrook High School and Boothbay High School students on board. 

We had an easy sail south, starting with orientation as we motored out to Great Diamond Island for the night.  As with all programs, our Scouts/students tried on Gumby suits; discussed the ins-and-outs of watch and learned our emergency procedures for Man Overboard, Fire and Abandon Ship.

Once in Provincetown, our group ventured on land for sightseeing activities and a bit of souvenir shopping. 

When we have Scouts on board, they complete activities to earn merit badges.  The Scout leaders, with help from our crew, taught the group how to fish using the ship’s fishing supplies.  Captain Bailey thought he was only joking when he requested one hundred squid for dinner, but the Scouts/students did not.  They caught and cleaned countless squid for the cook to prepare, declaring a Squidpocalypse on board!

And what do we do with a windless day at sea, you might ask?  Swim call, of course.  Never a dull day, our group rushed out of the water after seeing a fin swimming nearby.  Thankfully, though, it was only the fin of a harmless ocean sunfish.

After another memorable week on board Harvey Gamage, we sailed the ship back to her berth at Portland Yacht Services.  As always, we had an amazing time sailing with this lively group of Scouts/students, and we cannot wait until summer programming in 2019.