Monday, September 16, 2013

Class Afloat Students on the SS SØRLANDET Visit Singer Castle

Tall Ship SØRLANDET at Singer Castle, photo by Scott Garris
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On Wednesday, September 11th during their journey from Erie, PA to Quebec City, Canada, the forty Class Afloat students and twenty crew members on the Tall Ship SØRLANDET made a stopover at Singer Castle. The 210 foot long SØRLANDET, the oldest full rigged ship still in existence, had just participated in the Tall Ships Challenge-Great Lakes 2013 taking part in tall ship races, a re-enactment of a War of 1812 battle and festivities in Windsor, Ontario and Erie, PA. The ship was on its way to Quebec to begin an eight-month long journey that will take the students across the Atlantic Ocean three times and to eighteen different countries.

SØRLANDET crew tossed into the dungeon on Dark Island, 
photo by Scott Garris

Members of the SØRLANDET’s crew who had previously visited Singer Castle suggested that a tour of the castle and grounds would be a nice surprise for the hard working students. Divided into four groups the students toured with castle staff members and enjoyed hearing the history of the castle and the Bourne family. They saw the castle’s secret passageways, explored the castle’s 2700 volume library and walked on the castle grounds and through the gardens. One student even played an impromptu concert on the baby grand piano in the Wicker Room.

On-board look at the SØRLANDET, photo by Scott Garris

When their tour of the castle concluded, the students graciously offered castle staff members a tour of the SØRLANDET before returning to their studies and evening chores. Early the next morning after a long night of thunder and lightning storms, the SØRLANDET sailed off through the fog once again on its way to Quebec.

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