As we work with so many different tools, supplies, and parts, our shop can grow noticeably cluttered and messy. This disorganization is very problematic for people in search for certain equipment. We have dedicated maintenance days at Waterfront Club for cleaning and organizing, However staff and active members are always on the look for new ideas to improve our system. As a way to brainstorm, we went to the Seaport. Malcolm took us on board their maintenance barge and gave us a tour, which allowed us to find ideas and take pictures to apply back at home on Governors Island at the Mast Center. The comparison of the shops allowed us to work off ideas and think of new set-ups that would allow us to be better organized.
The seniors are saying goodbye to Indy 7 and Privateer. No, the boats aren’t leaving–we are. We’re taking our next steps as vessel operations students. We are using the knowledge we’ve learned throughout our lessons taught by Aaron and Luis in our new internships. We bring skill to the table and there are a lot of sites that want a Harbor student. We will be placed on a variety of vessels ranging from the schooners of South Street Seaport to the party boats of Spirit and Hornblower. We will be getting hands on experience and an idea what it will be like if we choose to enter the Maritime field.
Vessel operation students are looking forward for this opportunity. “We aren’t just getting paid but are learning what it’s like to work with a different crew which is very exciting” said Almeta Cable, a senior vessel operations student. Students will no longer be able to ask their teachers questions when they need help but will have to problem solve and think on their feet, putting all our training to use. Our crew will view us as adults, expecting us to be responsible and professional. We’re being put into real world situations where the lives of passengers are in our hands. Not many high school students are given the opportunity to do all the things we do and everyone is happy to be a part of it.
I know most of us seniors are getting pretty bummed out about leaving soon. We only have three months left and then we are out! However the good thing about this time of year is that it’s internship season!! I am excited because my classmate Dianny and I are in contact with the South Street Seaport Museum to start an internship in development. That means we would be planning out events, creating grants, inputting volunteer data and much more. Right now everything is still in discussion, but I will keep you all updated as my internship and senior experience continues!
Day 1: DOT Staten Island Ferry
Started the day meeting with John Garvey, the director of Ferry Operations. He introduced me and Thomas Brynes, the DOT intern from the MST program, to the group of people that he works with. He gave a quick explanation about Staten Island Ferry operations.
The Staten Island Ferry carries over 21 million passengers annually on a 5.2-mile run that takes approximately 30 minutes each way. Service is provided 24 hours a day, every day. Each day approximately five boats transport about 66,000 passengers a day during 104 boat trips using the 9 boats that are currently active.
I am a soon to be graduate of the New York Harbor School. Through these past 3 years in the vessel operations program, I’ve learned that it is difficult to keep track of your responsibilities. I’ve become attached to participating in community service and find myself detaching from my CTE.
However, that’s not to say I haven’t learned valuable lessons in this class. I remember last year, a man from Maine Maritime visited and told us to not waste any time. If we want to go into the maritime field, then go. If we want to go on and study another profession, then go. Decide and pursue. Though I no longer see myself working in the maritime field, I can’t completely give up on it since my school is maritime based. I prioritized on what I feel is going to help me succeed in my high school career. At times I’ve found myself playing tug of war with the staff on what was right and what was wrong. Vessel Ops have taught me a great lesson on how to prioritize wisely and to not give up on things so easily.
And who knows? Maybe I’ll end up using the knots we learned or the charting skills in my day to day life.
A rush of excitement
As that boat approaches
A warm breeze
Brushes my face
As we pass the line
Hoist the gib
Pull up the main
That I’ll be the human spinnaker pole
“Whoosh” as the breeze fills the sail
Happiness fills my eyes
The water rushes onto the gunnel
What a lovely sailing day
As a warm breeze
Brushes my face
The Junior class studied knot tying and line splicing techniques for a month long unit. We were taught four knots we had been taught in class and three different types of splices. We then individually created knot presentation boards using those knots and 4 new knots that we taught ourselves. After gluing down each knot and splice in our own unique way, we labeled each one with a description of its names and uses.
Personally, my favorite knot that I researched and tied for my board was the handcuff knot. The handcuff knot requires a specific sequence of binds such that the final product has the appearance of a handcuff used for holding together two objects. In the maritime world however, this knot is used not only to bind two items together, but also to fasten around two winches in order to raise a sail with ease. Having researched its uses and how to tie the knot, I feel prepared to put it to good use once I sail next: which hopefully will be soon!
On Tuesday, the junior class took our final CPR test. However, that was not the most exciting part of our day. After the test, our class was split in half: one half of the class went outside to do drop off people at the New York Yacht Club for an awards banquet and the other half began simulator training in the building.
Aaron, our instructor, taught the students still in the class how to operate the radio system connected to the simulator. We used the radios to communicate with the students in the other pods, we weren’t allowed to yell across the class at each other because in a real life situation we would have to use the boat radio.
Our objective was to get to the Statue of Liberty. We were all started at different locations in the harbor, and we had to navigate the boat traffic to arrive at the statue. Once we arrived at the statue we had to wait in front of the statue until the rest of the class arrived. Though we all had the same speed limit, we all showed up at different times. Some boats were blown off my the current, or were off in their calculations. It was difficult keeping the boat going in the exact same direction with the wind and the other boats in the way. We weren’t able to finish the simulation but it was still a good start. We don’t know how to log our location, or how often we need to, but we’ll start learning that soon.
“Don’t waste a sunrise.” -My First and Best Captain and Mentor, Leah Sweet