2013 - Preparations in Maine
In 2013 Nicole Gleason, Technology Coach for K-5 students at Edna Libby, Steep Falls, H. B. Emery Jr, and George E Jack Schools, worked with Dick Baldwin creator of Educational Passages, to work on the iBoat project and purchase a boat.
For more information on the iBoat project and to follow its travels, check out Mrs. Gleason’s site at https://sites.google.com/site/sad6k5technology/Home.
Here are the Finder’s Instructions that were put inside:
December 1, 2013: Launched
“SS Scots” is from the Bonny Eagle school district in Maine covering the towns of Standish, Limington, Hollis, and Buxton. This boat was launched off Georges Banks in early December 2013 by Bro Cote, a Cape Cod lobsterman, along with 8 other boats in different areas around the Atlantic.
We are hoping it will completely circle the Atlantic Ocean making a couple of stops along the way. We hope the finders will contact our school, fix her up, re-launch her, and that she might return to the United States. We are learning about the ocean wind & currents as well as the old sailing routes to and from the new world.
November 14, 2014: Landed in Spain
On November 14, 2014, it landed on a sandy beach on the Costa de Dexo in the NW corner of Spain and was discovered by some locals who brought it into the classroom.
The story in the Spanish newspaper “La Voz de Galicia”, “El mensaje que viajó por el océano de Maine a Carnota (The message that traveled across the ocean from Maine to Carnota)” is posted here.
They connected several times:
June 2015 - Relaunched
Thanks to non-profit consortium of oceanographic agencies and universities called RAIA in Galicia (NW Spain) and North of Portugal, she was repaired and ready for another voyage. The students at the School of O Pindo and Pedro Montero Vilar, who lovingly made it all happen, are excited about her return to the Atlantic fitted with a new transmitter.
According to an article on Que pasa na Costa, “RAIACO is a project funded by the “European Program for Cross-Border Cooperation Spain-Portugal (PECTEP)”, for the creation of the “Coastal Observatory of the Iberian Coastal Shore”. This project, thanks to the collaboration between Galicia and Northern Portugal, brings together several universities and public science centers, to provide the area with a cross-border ocean observation infrastructure and an extensive network of operational oceanography based on monitoring and forecasting, through the use of numerical models and the construction of new oceanometeorological platforms, where important advances have already been made. Within the scope of this project, the oceanographic observation network has been improved with new sensors, as well as oceanographic modeling, with the implementation of higher resolution models.”
Here is a video they made about the project:
Un día en el trabajo del Observatorio Oceanográfico Raia from Divulgare on Vimeo.
In June 2015, she was repaired and ready for another voyage (to be deployed by the Spanish Coast Guard SASEMAR) after having made the news several times in the Spanish press as follows:
- El «SS Scot» inició su viaje hasta las costas americanas (The «SS Scot» began its journey to the American coasts)
- Estudiantes devolverán al mar un pequeño barco que llegó de Estados Unidos (Students will return to the sea a small ship that arrived from the United States)
- http://www.xunta.es/notas-de-prensa/-/nova/0620/intecmar-sasemar-colaboran-ceip-pindo-para-devolver-mar-barco-scot-esperando – link no longer active
- https://es.noticias.yahoo.com/galicia-devuelve-mar-peque%C3%B1o-barco-procedente-eeuu-125101563.html – link no longer active
- http://www.crtvg.es/informativos/o-alumnado-do-ceip-do-pindo-bota-ao-mar-un-pequeno-barco-non-tripulado-con-destino-a-un-colexio-nos-eua-1216595 – link no longer active
September 8, 2015 - Recovered near the Canary Islands
On Sept 8, 2015, she was found by Oscar Monterroso about a mile off the Canary Island of Tenerife. He was working for a consulting firm specializing in the marine environment. He was in the process of studying the local fisheries when they came across our “nice boat” and has arranged for the boat to go into the local schools.
The SS Scots was brought to Nuryana School in La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain. Mrs. Gleason was contacted by an English teacher at the school letting her know the boat was there and students were excited about the boat and would like to Skype with students in Maine.
December 15, 2015 Update from Colegio Nuryana on Facebook: “Ya es público: Estamos en el proyecto Iboat 2013. Ha llegado, tras larga travesía, el SS Scot a las costas del Nuryana. Un pequeño barco impulsado por el viento y el mar hasta nuestro colegio desde Maine, en Estados Unidos. Servirá para hablar con alumnos del otro lado del charco y para aprender muchísimo. Volverá a su azarosa singladura en cuanto lo reparemos y pongamos en él información de nuestras islas y nuestro colegio.”
By April 2016, the boat was ready to sail again! The Colegio Nuryana on Facebook shared the Skype session they had with the students in Maine just before the launch, saying “Y así nos vieron desde el colegio que lanzó el SS Scot a las olas en Maine. Interesante,” which says “And so they saw us from the school that threw the SS Scot into the waves in Maine. Interesting.”
April 2016 - Relaunched
April 2016 update from Colegio Nuryana on Facebook: “Secuencia de un hasta pronto. Hoy botamos al mar de nuevo el SS Scot, el barco que llegó desde el otro lado del Atlántico hasta el Nuryana.”
The GPS did not report until May 5, when it appears to have landed on the rocks. Was it ever recovered? Please contact us if you have any updates for this story and boat!