By grace colon

A Helping Hand

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I was getting picked up at the South Street Seaport at 10:15. Virginia was supposed to be here by ten but was late–not surprising. Some juniors and I volunteered to help paint and clean Indy 7 on a Saturday.

It was the start of warmer weather. Winter was over and Indy was in desperate need for a new coat of paint. She’s been out all winter and working hard, getting messy as a training vessel for harbor school students. A few days before this Saturday, Indy was sanded down by tenth graders during our class period. The other classes finished the job as one period isn’t long enough to sand an entire boat.

Once the boat was smooth and sanded we could start the painting process. That Saturday myself and another junior went to Governors Island early in the morning to paint. At first we used paint thinner just to take the dirt off to make Indy smoother for the paint. Using that paint thinner was very tedious work and took the whole morning.

Then on to the actual painting, it was a very hot day so painting wasn’t so much fun, however the after look of the boat made us all really proud of the work we did. Indy 7 looked so good. She defiantly deserved a good paint job and I felt like I did it justice.

Research Project

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In my sophomore class we were put into pairs to conduct a two week research project. We were given a topic to study and to become an expert in. My topic was international maritime business. Since it was such a big topic to cover, my partner and I decided we would narrow it down. There were many ideas thrown around but eventually we decided to focus on the business of cargo ships. We asked questions of how efficient the system is, how it has evolved to what we have today, and the environmentally cautious changes on ships.

Now usually I would much prefer to do any project by myself because in every group projects I usually do all the work so in my mind it’s done the way I want it to be, however this grade was based on how well you and your partner worked together. It forced me to be more dependent on my partner, and have more trust in them. We had to learn to be a team. Not only did this project make me realize how interested I am in cargo ships, but how much better group projects work when everyone’s involved and doing a part of it.

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Photo Shoot on Privateer

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January 9, 2017

My class and I went on one of our vessels, Privateer. One thing this vessel is used for is bringing heavy objects out of the water. This oyster cage you see above weighed about one hundred and twenty five pounds. There were photographers interested in the sophomore vessel ops class on the boat. I was told to drag the oyster cages and push them out onto the boat. We did that multiple times so they could get good photos. The oyster cages were really heavy and dragging it back and forth on the boat was exhausting. We were also taking into consideration our safety and what we have learned in our safe boating course, like making sure you weren’t to close to the edge of the boat so you wouldn’t fall, and wearing safety helmets The photographer told us to look really intense at some points so it seemed like a struggle to drag. He said to make our already exhausted faces more exaggerated. But then the photographer said to look happy and smile. It was definitely easier to look intense while pulling the cages rather than looking happy pulling them! I couldn’t help laughing at some moments because the photographer was asking us to do these things that would have been easy if not for the cage in our way. Overall it was a fun modeling experience!