1st Voyage - Quiet after 125 days at sea
September 2018 - Named
September 2018 - In the news
In September, the Jefferson school was featured in the news as students kicked off the nautical themed school year with the presenting of the miniboat kit. Read the full article here.
October 4, 2018 - Keel prep
October 17, 2018 - Learning about nautical maps
October 23, 2018 - Decorating
October 26, 2018 - Last day at school sendoff
Lil’ Jeff’s last day at school was October 26th:
October 29, 2018 - Delivered dockside
We look forward to a deployment from the ship MV Bermuda Islander, who will launch our little boat just east of the Gulf Stream to improve its chances of a trans-Atlantic voyage. Here are some pictures as we delivered the Lil’ Jeff to the docks on October 29th:
October 30, 2018 - DeployedA delightful email came in from Stuart Griffin: “Lil Jeff is officially at sea as of 0720 this morning! As you can see from the ship’s bow wave in the photos, they deployed Lil Jeff without even stopping the ship!” An email from the crew also noted: “Good morning, Hereby inform you today Thursday, October 30.2018/ 07:20 Lt. School project sailing boat successfully launched in to the water in position 37-49.6N/073-35.5W. Good sailing!”
November and December 2018 - TrackingThe students at the Jefferson School have been monitoring Lil Jeff via the lobby monitor (see picture), but on November 27 she appeared to stop sending a GPS signal…December 4, 2018After she went silent since November 27, the students wondered if the GPS stopped working so they reached out to Educational Passages. Cassie Stymiest replied, “If you look at the track it appears that something may have happened to the boat itself. Perhaps looking at the weather when it started to go in circles? Could be a great opportunity to look at what may have happened and discuss with the students and if the boat is still sailing perhaps she’ll wash up one day!” to which Ms. Hendricks replied, “Hope she washes up! Love to not lose her completely. Everything has a lesson- we will do some research and come up with a hypothesis as to the mystery of Lil’ Jeff’s disappearance.”December 5, 2018Alas, alert student Aidan Leary checked the map and discovered that Li’l Jeff is ALIVE!
December 18, 2018
This is the last time we received a location report from the Lil Jeff after sailing only 49 days!
January 2019 - Reporting again
January 23, 2019
We were alerted this morning with an email, “We were excited to see that Lil’ Jeff reported in this morning! What was it Mark Twain said, “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated”?”
The distance between the last report and most recent is 286 km.
January 24, 2019
Students at the Jefferson School awoke to another reported position from Lil Jeff! You can see their excitement here:
March 15, 2019 - Quiet after 125 days at sea
We last heard from Lil Jeff on March 5, 2019… will she wash up somewhere so we can see her again?