The Spirit of Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall (Charleston, SC)


1st Voyage

  • October 2018

    The students of Ashley Hall voted from 42 to 4 names for their miniboat, and eventually to 1 winner: The Spirit of Ashley Hall. They unscrambled over a dozen balloons to reveal the winner on October 5.

  • November 9, 2018

    Update from the Journalism Team: “We have started to sand our boat and prepare it for its long journey across the seas. Each group has been working hard to make our boat strong and durable. Every Friday we continue to prepare our boat. When it is ready and has been launched into the ocean we will predict where it will make landfall. We have already made our first prediction. We can’t wait for the day that someone finds our boat. Here is an interview with an Ashley Hall student.”

  • November 30, 2018

    Update from the students at Ashley Hall: “Today we finished ballasting the keel. We are almost ready to create our group photo, to include in the time capsule and to varnish onto the deck, but 3 students were absent today so we are going to wait until next week. The International Relations team continues to work on writing letters in different languages. Next week, we will attach the keel to the boat and test it in the pool to see where the new waterline is so that we can begin painting the hull. Other students researched local coastal clean-ups and are working on a proposal to create our own. We are determined to give back and to be stewards of our environment.”

    A short slideshow of progress so far:

    Pictures of the students’ work so far:

    Watching the tutorial on ballasting the keel
    Students planning their project
    A member of the Sail team designing the sail
    Getting ready to fill the keel
    The IR team working on letters to include
    Filling the keel with sand and resin
    Checking the water level in the pool
    Double checking the instructions
    Sanding the boat to prepare it for paint
    Sanding the boat to prepare it for paint
    All ready to fill the keel up
    Sanding the boat to prepare it for paint
    Checking how the mast and sail fit
    Involving our art teacher in design
    Gathering materials about Ashley Hall
  • December 7, 2018

    Update from the video team: “This week we are working on creating and iMovie of the boat building process. We are excited to share what we have been doing with you! The keel team is making final preparations to attach the keel. The sail team continues to decorate the sail today. The deck team has done a little extra work to explore ideas for litter clean-ups and they are figuring out what currents will affect our boat. The hull team completed a license plate for our boat and will be laminating it and varnishing it onto the stern of the boat.  They will finally be painting and decorating the hull next week. Finally, the International Relations team continued to work on their letter and translations and gathered more items for the dry hatch.”

    Interview with the Deck Team:

  • SOAH Miniboat Minifilm

  • March 12, 2019 Update

    Update from the Journalism Team: We have done a lot since we last checked in with you. We have attached the keel to the boat, finished the sail, painted the deck and the hull, and put on the anti/fouling bottom paint. On the stern, we epoxied a license plate. On the deck we painted paw prints and a panther. Ellen, one of our sixth grade students, drew an amazing panther free-handed. We have taken a lot of pictures of this process that we will send to you.

    We also shared everything that we knew about our boat, the Educational Passages program, and global ocean processes with the 3rd through 8th grade students during our ‘Boat-a-Thon’!

    We had 8 groups that created exhibits that shared information on topics like

    global winds: 

    ocean currents:

    the topography of the ocean floor:

    Educational Passages:

    the assembly of our boat:

    technology used to track our boat and collect data:

    watercolor art of the ocean floor and processes, etc.  Everyone had a lot of fun as there were also games like ‘pin the GPS on the hatch’ and many others.

    We created a presentation for the students in kindergarten through second grade which ended in them naming an Ashley Hall teddy bear mascot that will ride in the dry capsule. They named him Charles, for Charleston.

    We presented the boat to grades 9-12th this morning, during a special assembly, and they will have the opportunity to sign their names on an Ashley Hall T-shirt that will also be in the boat.  We are making the final changes and finishing touches to our boat and will deploy it into the Atlantic in a few weeks! Stay tuned!

  • April 1, 2019 Update

    The Spirit of Ashley Hall at sea…

    April Fool’s!

    She’s still on land and will be heading to sea after April 13, come back and check then!

  • April 13, 2019 - On board S/V Showtime, to be deployed... or so we thought!

    The crew of the S/V Showtime took the miniboat Spirit of Ashley Hall on board in Florida.

  • April 16, 2019 - Gale force winds, no launch today

    While the Showtime sailed north, they had planned to drop the miniboat in the Gulf Stream, but gale force winds changed those plans real quick! Here was the forecast on April 16:

    Cape Hatteras to Cape Fear to 100 NM Offshore.-
    423 AM EDT Tue Apr 16 2019
    .TODAY...N to NE winds 15 to 25 kt, diminishing to less than
    10 kt. Seas 5 to 9 ft. 
    .TONIGHT...W to SW winds 5 to 15 kt. Seas subsiding to 3
    to 5 ft.
    .WED...W to SW winds 10 to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. 
    .WED NIGHT...SW winds 5 to 15 kt, becoming S. Seas 2 to 3 ft. 
    .THU...S winds 5 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. 
    .THU NIGHT...S winds 15 to 25 kt. Seas 5 to 8 ft. 
    .FRI...S winds 20 to 30 kt. Seas 7 to 12 ft. 
    .FRI NIGHT...S winds increasing to 35 to 45 kt. Seas building
    to 12 to 20 ft.
    .SAT...S to SW winds 30 to 40 kt, becoming SW 25 to 30 kt. Seas
    10 to 17 ft. 
    .SAT NIGHT...SW winds 20 to 25 kt. Seas 7 to 13 ft. 
    The crew noted: “As you can see, gale force winds from the south are not conducive to a good start on a journey eastward.  Neither are 30’ waves.  These are very rare conditions, and pretty severe. In one way, we are lucky not to have tossed the little boat in front of this weather system. Also, the wind for now is blowing exactly the wrong way. They will go the right way Wednesday but then blow from the south, and then the storm.”
    While the Spirit of Ashley Hall wasn’t launched this trip, she is certainly having a grand adventure!
  • April 22, 2019 - Aboard the Bermuda Islander

    While the miniboat traveled up the east coast aboard the Showtime, it didn’t even touch the water… but now it is aboard the Bermuda Islander for deployment much further offshore out of New Jersey. Thanks to Andrew Parish, River Pilot, who noted: “We have sent the Ashley Hall aboard the MV BERMUDA ISLANDER, outbound the Delaware River this evening, bound for Bermuda. The crew will launch the boat Wed am in daylight. They should be about 300 nm down the rhumb line from the Delaware Capes  to Bermuda. I would expect it will be 24 hrs before we see any tracking updates. Fair seas and following winds for the voyage of the Ashley Hall.”

  • April 24, 2019 - Deployed at sea!

    From the crew of the Bermuda Islander: “This morning at 0815 LT (+3 GMT) boat was successfully launched with the distance of 360 nm from Delaware Capes.”

    Many emails were exchanged with gratitude for everyone’s efforts to get this little boat set to sea, including one from Ms. Holly Blair, the lead teacher for SOAH: “We have waited so long and worked so hard on this little boat!  My class of 38 sixth grade girls will be thrilled!  Thank you for your hard work to deploy!  We are so excited about her journey! Thank you for the photos.  The girls will be so happy to see the great care that was taken in deploying The Spirit of Ashley Hall. We will keep you informed of her voyage.”

    This boat is outfitted with air and water temperature sensors reporting hourly.

Data Access

This boat has air and water temperature sensors.

  • To access the data directly, click here.
  • To see a plot of the air and water temperature data together, click here.