1st Voyage

  • February 17, 2016 - Launched

    This is the fourth boat from Scarborough Maine’s school system. It was launched from F/V Harmony on the evening of 17 Feb 2016 by Jesse, a fishermen from the Fish Exchange in Portland, ME,  140 miles east of Cape Cod on the northern flank of Georges Bank.

    Scarborough Students visit Portland Fish Exchange

  • November 13, 2016 - Quiet after 269 days at sea

    The Lightning Boat traveled all the way to the Azores and was last heard from on November 13, 2016 (after 269 days at sea).

  • May 13, 2018 - Recovered in the Bahamas

    We received an email on May 13, 2018 from Clive Mayo in the Bahamas saying that the Red Storm had been recovered. After a couple of emails and picture confirmation, it was in fact the Lightning Boat, one of the Scarborough miniboats from 2016! Coincidentally, the Red Storm was launched this same week out in the Atlantic after hiding for two years on board the State of Maine.

    The Lightning Boat must have skirted around the Azores and traveled back on the currents to the Bahamas.







    The miniboat Lightning Boat sailed for >15,694 km (8,474 nm) in 815 days from dropsite in February 2016 to where the GPS stopped working near the Azores in November 2016, to recovery in the Bahamas in May 2018. In a straight line from launch to recovery, the distance was only 2,041 km (1,102 nm). The average speed when the GPS was reporting was 1.01 knots.