Category Archives: Summer 2015 Voyages

Environmental Science Field School, Part 8

Niagara stopped in Algonac again on the return journey. This time, the Dairy Queen was open, and the mosquitoes were only a mild annoyance. As usual, ship and science had conspired to keep the trainees busy for much of the day, … Continue reading

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Environmental Science Field School, Part 7

After a few days in Lake Huron and plenty of hours dedicated to ship maintenance, Niagara docked in Alpena, Michigan. There was a NOAA research facility just a few minutes away, and the scientists took full advantage of the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Environmental Science Field School, Part 6

The weather that delayed Niagara’s departure from Put-in-Bay was a mixed blessing. No one had been looking forward to an 0430 wake-up, but a late start meant a long day making up for lost time. The morning was halfway gone … Continue reading

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Environmental Science Field School, Part 5

After an evening spent eating ice cream, singing karaoke, or wandering the shops around DeRivera Park, the trainees were busy again—either back in Stone Lab with their professors or aboard ship, working alongside the rest of their divisions. On Saturday, … Continue reading

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Environmental Science Field School, Part 4

Niagara arrived at Put-in-Bay just before a storm and just after the mayflies. The sky was clouding over when the ship docked, and the wind was picking up. Thunder boomed; “If that’s not motivation,” the captain told the crew, “I … Continue reading

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Environmental Science Field School, Part 3

By now, it’s obvious that Niagara trainees are usually busy: with classwork, with their duties onboard, and with the day-to-day challenges of living and working on a tall ship. On top of everything else, we sometimes ask trainees to write … Continue reading

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Environmental Science Field School, Part 2

Anyone coming aboard Niagara for the first time will find plenty of work to be done. As soon as trainees arrive, they muster with the ship’s crew and other incoming students and volunteers. Each trainee joins a division (e.g. fourth … Continue reading

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Environmental Science Field School, Part I

In the days before a Niagara voyage begins, trainees arrive at the Erie Maritime Museum from all over North America. This year’s Environmental Science Field School program brought students across the continent together with their peers—young scientists from Niagara University, … Continue reading

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