Land Ahoy!

So how long do you think it would take a small wooden boat to sail across the Atlantic Ocean?


So how long do you think it would take a small wooden boat, about 1.5m in length to cross the wild Atlantic Ocean? The fact that such a craft could survive such a journey at all would be amazing in itself but to travel over 4000 km in just 4 months would be truly phenomenal! But this is exactly what did happen! Over the Easter holidays, while out for a walk, Mr. Seán Creaven, Conor’s Dad, found a little boat on Strandhill beach. The boat named “Mighty Spartan” also displayed both the American and Delaware flags. Inside the boat he found a t-shirt, a Delaware flag, a computer flash drive and a letter. The letter informed him that the boat had been set afloat by 4th and 5th graders in Lake Forest Central Elementary School in Fenton, Delaware, U.S.A. It had been launched from a freighter ship off the island of Bermuda last November. The boat also contained a GPS tracking device.

We were very excited on our return after Easter when Mr.Creaven told us that Lake Forest School, Delaware would like to forge links with Carbury N.S. He invited us to view the video contained on the flash drive, which outlines a day in the life of Lake Forest Central School. Initial contact has been made and both schools are keen to collaborate together to provide learning opportunities for our pupils on both sides of the Atlantic. It is envisaged that we will arrange a relaunch of “Mighty Spartan” and together both schools will track and anticipate the possible route it will take. Plans are also afoot to have our first “face to face” meeting with our new American friends via Skype. We also have a few other ideas in mind so watch this space!! Click here to see our photographs