S/V Lil’ Big Boat
January 26, 2018
During the 2017-2018 school year students from the State of Oregon and Aomori Prefecture of Japan are embarking on a scientific and cultural exchange without ever leaving their classrooms. Five classes in Oregon have been constructing two MiniBoats each. One to launch from the Oregon Coast and the other to send to their partner class in Hachinohe for launching from the Japanese Coast.
Each student was assigned a writing project introducing themselves, their school, city, and state/prefecture. Using these introductions students in each class will be paired up with their “MiniBoat Mate” who they will communicate with weekly for the remainder of the year.
One of these boats sponsored by the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the “S/V Lil’ Big Boat” was built by Mr. Nagle’s 6th grade engineering class during the month of October and was launch via the P/V Columbia approximately 5 miles off the Oregon Coast on November 7, 2017. You can view the deployment video at https://vimeo.com/242286095 and more info at the CRMM website.
Mr. Nagle teaches at Astor Elementary School in Portland Oregon. In the words of Nate Sandel at CRMM who organized and made it all happened, “Well, we have sent our first born off to college!”. Her track is displayed along with others that year at https://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/drifter/drift_ep_2017_1.html.
November 25, 2017
On the morning of 25 November, after making several close approaches to islands off the north west tip of Vancouver Island and traveling well over one knot a total of 930 kilometers in 17.5 days, she evidently shipwrecked on a remote cluster of islands called the “Tribal Group” and was not been heard from since. Nevertheless, she will be remembered as the first of many boats prepared by CRMM and participating schools providing weeks of hour by hour entertainment for not only the young students of Oregon but the many mariners of the region as well.