S/V Boat-a-Lahti

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Hilda Lahti Elementary School (Astoria, OR) - Columbia River Maritime Museum


Misty Lindstrom and Melissa V. Reid’s 3rd grade classes prepared this little boat.

February 12, 2018 – Ashore already!

After only 10 hours at sea the Boat-a-Lahti washed up on Mission Beach in San Diego at dawn and was picked up off the beach by lifeguards on their morning patrol. After Museum staff made a few phone calls they were on the phone with Brian Zeller in the lifeguard tower who informed us that not only does he have our miniboat, but he owns a house in Astoria, Oregon and has visited the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Brian kindly offered to relaunch S/V Boat-A-Lahti 3 miles offshore as soon as wind conditions are favorable.

At Sea: 10 Hours | Traveled: 14 miles

February 11, 2018 – Launching Day

The Boat-a-Lahti was deployed 9 miles SW of the New Point Loma Lighthouse in California Waters via the USCG Cutter Alert. The Alert’s home port is Astoria, Oregon and a common site to visitors of the Columbia River Maritime Museum as she is moored directly in front of the Museum. One of the student’s in Mrs. Reid’s class dad, CSC Adam Greenwald, arraigned the launching during their current patrol off the coast of North America.

After the launch, CSC Greenwald sent us a message with the following report:

Boat-A-Lahti is underway as of 2115 PST 11FEB2018!  
She was launched at position 32*35.89N 117*22.36W. 
On scene wind was 140* true at 6 kts.
Sea swell was 250* true at 2ft and no wind wave was noticed.

October 2017

As the students got to know their miniboat and began prepping her for a sea adventure, an article was published in the Daily Astorian about the program at CRMM, and highlighted their work. Read the article here, dated October 9, 2017: “Knappa students build miniature boats in exchange with Japan” – “I believe that peace is only achievable if we know each other, and this is an incredibly important and meaningful project in those terms… We are a tiny community with lots of fishermen. We should be connecting across the ocean, right?” – Melissa Reid, Grade 3 teacher