1st Voyage

  • Preparations

  • May 2017

    Watch a video of the Northeast Maritime Institute launching Little Lagoda here:

    This launch took place on the 10th of May 2017.

  • June 2017

    After several weeks of tacking around the continental shelf south of New England with episodic reports, she started reporting from someone’s home in East Massapeaqua, NY on 20 June.

  • November 2017

    The Little Lagoda was recovered and is currently being refurbished for its second voyage – we are all hoping for a more easterly, cross-Atlantic trip this time!

2nd Voyage

  • 2018 Plans for the Little Lagoda

    The Little Lagoda will be sailing out with the T/S Kennedy, from MA Maritime Academy. They have their own journal, in which they will include details of the launch: https://www.maritime.edu/news/follow-voyage-share-experience. The MMA will be pulling away from the dock on Saturday, January 13. They will launch our small boat once they reach the Gulf Stream. They’re going to the Caribbean on this training voyage.

  • January 16, 2018

    The Little Lagoda was loaded on board the T/S Kennedy. Read more here. Thanks to Nancy Franks for the photos.


  • January 19, 2018

    The cadets onboard the T/S Kennedy deployed the Little Lagoda in the Caribbean. The deployment was documented on the Follow the Voyage blog and recorded:

    The launch team consisted of 1/C Paige Mentuck CCM, 1/C Ian Sherwood (Bear Creek Township, PA), 3/C Devin Campbell (Pennsville, NJ), and 4/C Madison Coughlin.

    She sailed south to the Dominican Republic but not towards the Gulf Stream as we had hoped. She sent her last signal on January 20. We hope she gets recovered and returned to sea again!

The petite vessel is named Little Lagoda in honor of the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s half-scale model of an actual 19th century whaling vessel, the LagodaLagoda is a favorite of the many school children who flock to the museum on field trips. Little Lagoda was painted by fifth grade students at the William H. Taylor School in New Bedford.  The children in the class also placed items in the watertight compartment.