This boat was prepared by Amy Mcmahon’s students at St. Andrews School of Math and Science with help from Kurt Oberle and Pete Ferrara at the High & Dry Boat works in Charlestown, S. Carolina.
Her debut was in February 2015 at the St. Andrew’s Science Night where she was a big hit and sparked a lot of curiosity and inquiries! Our friends at High and Dry Boat works adopted her and did a fantastic paint job. The students were so excited. She was displayed in the cafeteria for all 700 + students to learn about her and the amazing journey she was about to take.
Prior to setting sail, students placed a variety of objects in her time capsule and wrote an “ABC” book of Charleston. Letters to future finders and fact sheets about our hometown were also included. Many people from our community came together to assemble the sailboat and donated their time and supplies to ensure she sails for years to come!
After getting underway on 17 May 2015 (along with another boat off the State of Maine traning vessel), she sailed for less than a week before making landfall on Bermuda (see photos below) where she was rescued by Butch Agnew, a sailing buddy of Kurt Oberle’ from High and Dry Boat works.
A few days later, she was relaunched and subsequently made her way across the ocean.
As of early January 2016, Carolina Dreamer was approaching Ireland. The students and their teacher Amy sent a SOS to a number of Euopean organizations in an attempt to save their miniship. Finally on Febuary 5, 2016 David Jenkins of Aberystwyth Marina in Wales responded he was very interested in hearing about “Carolina Dreamer”, he has passed the information along to local newspaper such as “The Cambrian News” and he mentioned it to the Local Fisheries Officer who monitors the coastline of Cardigan Bay. Other people contacted for help are; Nigel Collins from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Dingle, Ireland. Paul Connelly and the Marine Institute in Galway.
Finally, on the afternoon of Feb 10th, Dick Baldwin got an email that read as follows: “About a week ago, I was on the beach with my son and we saw a little boat come sailing in on the waves. We pulled it out and stored it safety. My daughters go to school in Borth and were really excited about the finding. I will take it to the school tomorrow morning and explain the story. Very exciting to have found and to give news to the children at your school. Many thanks Helen Hinks”.
So, the Carolina Dreamer was recovered and taken to a local school so other children can learn about her. In a matter of days, however, she became internationally famous. Not only the local Welsh print and TV covered her story but she was featured on BBC news and Teacher Tube as well! Back home in South Carolina, the students at St Andrews Math and Science appeared on both ABC news and News 2 in Charleston and a few days later appeared on national news here in the US with several dozen comments.
Amy’s class, along with help from the community, prepared a new deck and, in early June 2016, mailed it to overseas (see pic below). Amy herself and a fellow teacher visited Ireland and present the rerigged boat to the Captain of the TS State of Maine before they left port on July 5th from Cobh, Ireland. Carolina Dreamer was relaunched 07/18/16
Lat. 43′-59″ N
Long. 018′-03″ W
And was last seen heading south under light northerly winds.
Everyone wishes Carolina Dreamer all the best on her voyage back across the Atlantic Ocean. Stay tuned to see what happens next.