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Marine Science Students Sail into Discovery

Eric Sabo's Marine Science class after their scientific expedition aboard the schooner Ardelle.

Eric Sabo's Marine Science class after their scientific expedition aboard the schooner Ardelle.

Eric Sabo's Marine Science class after their scientific expedition aboard the schooner Ardelle.

Eric Sabo's Marine Science class after their scientific expedition aboard the schooner Ardelle.

Dr. William H. Waller, RHS Science Teacher

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On an exquisite September day, Eric Sabo’s Marine Science class ventured aboard the pinky schooner Ardelle for a sailing expedition around Gloucester’s inner and outer harbor.  The bracing breeze propelled the schooner like a racing yacht.  But this trip was not just a pleasure cruise.  Multiple scientific investigations were to be pursued.  The students had already trained in Rockport Harbor, where they deployed various probes for assessing the harbor water’s density, salinity, turbidity, acidity, and temperature at multiple depths.  Aboard the Ardelle, they did all that in addition to sampling the marine life on the harbor floor and in the water column. 

 

The pinky schooner Ardelle has a characteristically pointed bow and stern. This seaworthy design was common in the 18th and 19th centuries.  This vessel provides a great platform for conducting marine science experiments.

Back at Maritime Gloucester, the students viewed their samples with digital microscopes — classifying the sundry crustaceans, worms, copepods, diatoms, and other “creature features” that they had collected.  “The Ardelle serves as an invaluable learning platform for my students to experience  real-life marine science research,” said Mr. Sabo.  This scientific expedition was made possible by Captain Howard Burnham (the Ardelle’s shipwright), Mary Kay Taylor (the Ardelle’s science education director), and Maritime Gloucester.

 

 

RHS Marine Science students raising the sails.

 

RHS students and Marine Science teacher Eric Sabo working with the data that they had gathered.

 

Just one of many aquatic creatures that the students viewed through digital microscopes at Maritime Gloucester.

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