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Harbor View Elementary School


January 2018

Plans are underway to refurbish the HVES Cruiser and relaunch her later this year. Stay tuned!

November 2017

Congratulations to the Harbor View Elementary School which was deemed the “Cool School of the Week” from WCBD News 2. The school and its miniboat were also featured in this news clip, check it out!

An excerpt from the article: They now have a new view that extends beyond the harbor to around the world. Fifth-grade student Cole Fritz says, “I think it’s really cool that it actually almost hit cliffs in Canada and took a sudden turn and landed in Ireland. I find it very cool that we may be able to communicate with other students across the world.”

May 2017

The US Coast Guard helped launch HVES Cruiser.  According to Capt. Tom O’Brian it was “a nice south westerly wind of 10 knots and 2-3 foot seas” on May 10, 2017.  Harbor View Elementary School then watched the vessel as she traveled the Gulf Stream.

July 2017

A few months later, near the end of July as she approached the southeast corner of Newfoundland Canada, emails were exchanged with our miniboat colleagues in that area but she sailed on by.

October 11-16, 2017

Several months later, in early October as landfall looked eminent, emails were exchanged with our colleagues in Ireland. On the morning of 11 October 2017, we saw she was apparently reporting from the shore of a remote island of “Duvilluan More”.  With only one or two buildings on this rocky island, it seemed likely the story was over but later that same day, she reported underway and on route to the mainland and,  the following morning of 12 October, she was reporting from a sandy beach in a sparsely populated area of Ballycroy! Later in the day, we saw she was several miles inland heading up Highway N59 and then, a few days later, started reporting from what appears to be a school!  We thought it might be the Drumgallagh National and, sure enough, we got the email on 16 Oct  saying: “Hi all in Charleston. We just want to let you know that your HVES Cruiser has arrived safely in Ballycroy and we have examined the contents in our school today. All of the children are extremely excited. Best Regards Mary calvey. School Principal”.

October 18, 2017

From the Drumgallagh School Blog:
U.S sailing vessel arrives: Small sailing vessel arrives from Charleston, U.S.A to the shores of Fahy, Ballycroy

On the 12th of October a small sailing vessel “The Harbour View Elementary School Cruiser” from Charleston on the south-east coast of the U.S.A was discovered on the shores of Fahy in Ballycroy. The boat is approximately one metre long with a small sail and arrived in great condition, despite the treacherous sea journey across the Atlantic Ocean as she travelled the Gulf Stream. Research on the internet indicated that the U.S. Coast Guard helped launch the boat on May 10th 2017. It had spent 154 days and 12 hours at sea. The boat had a GPS tracking system that followed its progress.

The vessel was taken to Drumgallagh National School in Ballycroy by Ethan and John Conway whose dad found the boat. All of the children were extremely excited to discover and examine the contents of the waterproof compartment. Inside was a painting of the Charleston flag, a keyring, some coins and some handwritten notes from children from the school. Drumgallagh N.S contacted those in America who had launched the boat to report its safe landing by email. The boat is at present on display in Drumgallagh National School.”

News channels in Ireland quickly picked up the story:

Guided by Winds and Currents, US School’s Vessel makes Landfall on Mayo Coast