Educational Passages Boats/Drifters
Green icon = most recent fix of active unit
To see some other drifters deployed this year (mostly off New England), visit http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/drifter.
CHARGER, John Winthrop Middle School, CT
(ID 12350721, ESN 945770) Landed smack in the middle of Myrtle Beach, SC and relaunched 2 June. On 20 August 2012, it landed on a remote island called "Oderin" off the southeast shores of Newfoundland, recovered by Alphonsus Murphy of Baine Harbour a bit banged up, refurbished by Dwight Howse of St John's School of Ocean Technology Marine Institute, redeployed by an oil rig supply boat just west of the Grand Banks on Oct 12th, and, since it went silent on Nov 7th, we thought it went down in a storm but, in early January 2013, it was found by Katie Martin, the Environmental and Community Liason Officer in Carmarthen, South Wales on their routine beach checks. It was then refurbished with a new transmitter, and, thanks to the help of Captain Sulin, the Tarrant Family, and Teacher Bobbi Nidzgorski, it traveled across the ocean a few times onboard the Philadeplphia Express, was deployed SW of the Azores on 30 March 2013, came ashore on a sandy beach in the NW coast of Portugal on 28 Jan 2014, was recovered by a friend of a friend of Alfredo Aretxabaleta a few days later, redeployed with help from Portuguese National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, sailed back across the Atlantic and, as of Dec 2014, was approaching the French Guiana coast!
SEA TIGER, Smith Middle School, CT
(ID 12350722, ESN 948061) Landed in an uninhabited bird sanctuary just north of Charleston, SC. Found by campers Sandra Brown and her boyfriend Rick Estee who set it out to sea again. It washed ashore again where there were no roads and extremely difficult place but Captain Stewart anchored his boat, swam ashore to get it, and brought it to the Charlestown Harbor Pilot Station. It was relaunched in the Gulf Stream on 26 June by the Maine Maritime Academy. On 20 August 2012, it landed on a remote penisula called "Cape Saint Mary" on the southeast shores of Newfoundland, found tangled in a line and badly damaged but recovered by Clarence Careen of Point Lance on an ATV, refurbished by Dwight Howse of St John's School of Ocean Technology Marine Institute, and redeployed by an oil rig supply boat just west of the Grand Banks on Oct 12th. Finally, after skirting the south coasts of Ireland and then England early in 2013, it went silent on 19 February.
S.S. UPPER, Summit-Questa Montessori School, FL
(ID 12350723, ESN 949876) Landed on an extremely busy beach on Isle of Palms a few miles north of Charlestown, SC, no word yet on who has it.
Yarmouth Clipper Ship, Yarmouth Elementary School, ME
(ID 12350724, ESN 949812)
Found by surfers north of Hatteras, redeployed on 27 June, continued to slowly work its way across the Atlantic but then went silent during the passage of Hurricane Rafael on Oct 17th
U.S.S. Millinocket, Stearns schools, ME
(ID 12350725, ESN 950084) Found by NOAA Turtle researchers on an uninhabited island near Georgetown, SC, relaunched by vessel out of Charlestown, SC on 26 June, continues to slowly work its way across the Atlantic and hopefully will make landfall in Europe early next year