Hello Friends, Fans and Strangers,
I’ve been hanging out with Sacred Heart Star of the Sea while she waited on deck to begin her adventure. As the days went by, she got more and more excited to go, and this morning she made her big escape! Chief Mate Bruce, AB Caleb, AB Emily, AB Frank, and marine tec Sonia carefully lowered her over the back of the ship and set her loose. A small crowd gathered on the fantail to witness her brave departure.
She hesitated for a moment, looking this way and that. Then she slowly turned around and sailed away, tentatively at first, later with determination. I felt a pang of sadness for losing her company, but a swell of happiness for her to finally be on her long-awaited journey. I’m living vicariously through her now by following her GPS pings on the internet at http://educationalpassages.org/boats/starofthesea/. She’ll send her location daily at midnight and noon UTC (8 AM and 8 PM in the mountain west).
Sacred Heart Star of the Sea left the Thomas G. Thompson on March 22, 2019 at 08:45 UTC. Her initial location was 40⁰ 09.7658’ S, 45⁰ 14.5124’ E. We can all learn a little about currents and winds in the southern Indian Ocean by following Star of the Sea’s adventure!