Dorchester Students Take Trip to 1832 on Schooners in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- The Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous may have ended on Sunday, but the festivities did not.  Two groups of students were able to go aboard the Pride of Baltimore II to see what life was like to be on a schooner in the 1800s.

It was a busy Monday afternoon for students from the Countryside Christian school aboard the Pride of Baltimore.  From raising the sails, to watching a cannon at work.  For the kids, it's the experience of a lifetime, with plenty to keep their hands busy, whether it be studying the hull design, reading charts, or steering the 96-foot-long schooner.

"The wheel, I liked the wheel.  Even though I didn't know how to control it," said two girls we spoke with.

It is that hands-on experience that teachers like Beverly Stephens said is so important to the kids.

"Sometimes you go on field trips and they just have to listen to a lot of lectures.  So taking them on something like this where it's hands on and they actually get to participate in putting the sails up and getting to steer the boat and doing things that are hands on.  I think that's enjoyable for the kids and I think it makes a lasting impression so the kids can remember what they did," said Stephens.

For Capt. Jamie Trost, one of his favorite parts of the trip is showing the kids a map of the bay from the 1800s.

"When we roll back time literally with the 1832 chart, they can see there was a time when roads weren't a sure thing and no bridges really existed of any length, and ships were the way to go, boats were the way to travel in their home state," Trost said.

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