COI approval

The R/V Folger is now official. The day after the last class would have been going out on the lake, the Coast Guard  gave her the official seal of approval – her COI or certificate of Inspection. She now can take out 18

Marine Geology class on the David Folger

students with the captain and mate. It has been a long process. Ironically she will be pulled out of the water next week for the winter and stored at Shelburne Shipyard. Even with the modified class size we had to use this fall, new exciting research has been done by our Oceanography and Marine Geology classes –  new underwater slumps, sediment waves and current sculpted channels were discovered. Great stuff!

A new berth for the Baldwin

We’ve been looking for a good home for the R/V Baldwin, the College’s current research vessel, and I’m delighted to report that the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has responded with a letter of interest. The LCMM is a non-profit museum on Lake Champlain, 20 miles from Middlebury, that runs numerous educational programs on the lake, including “field” trips and a summer program for kids. Their research arm, the Maritime Research Institute, focuses on archaeology and conservation and hosts an underwater field school for budding nautical archeologists. They have also constructed a small fleet of full-sized working replicas of historic vessels, used for education (but mostly while docked). We think the Baldwin will feel right at home there!