Maine-Built Mini-Boats May Mark Historical Events
January 12, 2011
Knox Village Soup: Educational Passages, the Belfast, Maine-based program in which students build and deploy 4 1/2-foot-long unmanned sailboats to study ocean wind and current patterns, has begun planning for a rally to highlight historic North Atlantic maritime events.
The program’s mini-boats would be launched in mid-May from the Maine Maritime Academy training ship State of Maine. Drop-off points would include locations near Nantucket Island, to represent the early whaling industry; Plymouth, Massachusetts, to acknowledge the landing point of Pilgrim settlers; Jamestown, Virginia, to represent America’s first colony, and a site in the Caribbean to represent the sugar, rum and slave trades.
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