2020 training boat launched in New Hampshire ends up in Norway


A miniature boat containing photos and autumn leaves, which was displayed in the Atlantic Ocean by New Hampshire middle school students in 2020, has been found after a year in Norway.

The 6-foot-long boat was launched by college kids in New Hampshire in October 2020 – AP

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The 6-foot-long boat was launched by college kids in New Hampshire in October 2020

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The 6-foot-long Rye Riptides, fitted with a tracking device that remained silent for parts of the journey, was found by a sixth-grade student on February 1 in Smola, a small island near Dyrnes, Norway.

According to local media, the ship had lost its hull and keel during the 8,300-mile voyage and was covered in gooseneck barnacles. However, the deck and cargo hold were still intact.

The students and now-retired science teacher Sheila Adams filled the boat with photos of Rye Junior High students, a face mask with their signatures on it, fall leaves, acorns and state quarters in october 2020, Portsmouth Herald reported.

In its transcontinental sail, the boat traveled more than 8,300 miles for 462 days before being found by Karel Nuncic. The student brought it to his school and opened it last week.

“When you send it, you don’t know where it’s going to end up, how it’s going to get there, if it ends [anywhere] at all,” said Cassie Stymiest, executive director of Educational Passages, a Maine nonprofit that began working with the school on the project in 2018.

“But these kids, they put their hopes and dreams and wishes into it, and I tend to think sometimes that helps,” Ms Stymiest added.

The students put the boat in the Atlantic Ocean and followed its course. The GPS went quiet after a few days but came back online during hurricane season, recording plot points in August and September around the same latitude as Ireland.

The signal again disappeared and the boat remained untraceable until January 30, when students learned that the boat appeared to make landfall just west of the small Norwegian island.

“I was surprised the boat got anywhere,” said seventh-grade student Molly Flynn. “I thought it was going to get stuck in a midpoint [on the map] and it did, and it was really, really cool and surprising,” she said.

The school in Norway is planning a call soon with the students of Rye Junior High.

Additional reports by agencies

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