The tall ship – “St. Lawrence II” departed Kingston on Sunday with a new crew. Four teens hopped aboard for a week-long journey where they will learn the ropes about sailing a traditionally rigged ship.
Daphne Callaghan has always wanted to try her hand at sailing….and over the next 7 days she will finally get the opportunity.
The 14 year old is one of 4 trainees that have signed up to learn how to sail this 72 foot long ship.
Daphne Callaghan, Trainee:
“I thought it would be a really fun experience. I’ve never sailed before and I
figured it would be really fun.”
The trainees will acquire a number of life skills as they are taught how to sail the ship, which was first built in 1953. They are joined by the captain and 7 crew members.
Rhys Steffen, Jr Watch Officer:
“You learn how to deal with people and how to work as a team. Because so much of that boat, you can’t do on your own. Nothing on the boat is run by mechanics except for the engine. Everything else is hand driven so you have to work as a team to get the sails in.”
Chris Chafe is the captain of the ship and first started as a trainee at the age of 15.
He says the experience these teens receive is not only unique but life changing.
Captain Chris Chafe:
“A lot of stories about kids going home and picking up or doing the dishes without being asked and that sort of stuff. Trying to get people to take responsibility. Some independent living skills for transitioning into post secondary.”
Trainees will sail the ship along Lake Ontario to Hamilton where they will conclude their journey and a new set of trainees will hop on board.
Over the next few months the ship will
travel as far as New York City, making 13 stops along the way.
Creating a one of a kind experience that many teens like Callahan won’t forget.
Maegen Kulchar CKWS News Kingston.