1st Voyage

Look out, this is Grizzly territory! S/V Grizzly Bear is a miniboat assembled and artistically envisioned by Mrs. Chaffin’s 5th Grade class at Barnes Elementary in Kelso, Washington.

We began the building and weighing process in October and designed the art, experimented with keels, water temperature and salinity, and were introduced to Native American canoe journeys from our area.

We invited our family and friends to the Christening ceremony and shakedown cruise on December 19th.

Our deployer is the crew of the US Coast Guard vessel Alert, a medium-endurance cutter. Grizzly Bear will come aboard on December 28th to be deployed off the coast of San Diego in early January.

Sofiah wrote a poem for Grizzly Bear to have a safe voyage and good luck:

Miniboat, miniboat, we loved finishing

We had lots of fun, now it’s all done

To have this opportunity was a pleasure

Especially the part we had to measure

Grizzly Bear, what a name

When we heard it, it gained all the fame

The design is great, I have no hate

This poem is done, it was fun

January 9, 2024

The Grizzly Bear was the first miniboat launched in 2024 and was done by the crew of the USCG Alert off the coast of San Diego on January 9. We will share pictures when we are able.

By January 11, the boat had landed at Imperial Beach, CA near the mouth of the Tijuana River and it was soon recovered by a private citizen.