Students learn about nautical travel and science as part of the Columbia River Maritime Museum’s Mini Boat Program
VANCOUVER — It’s an adventure complete with build-your-own sea-worthy vessels, ocean launches, connections to other cultures and sometimes, crashes on tropical islands.
The students at Wy’east Middle School have been on the voyage of a lifetime, without ever leaving home. After sailing 4,500 miles in 101 days, their uncrewed mini boat, the S/V Liberty arrived on Nov. 4 at the Ailuk Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, with a population of just 357.
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