Robots set to invade Gloucester Harbor in June

I was at an events planning meeting with City of Gloucester officials yesterday (more on why I was there in another post coming soon) and so were some very interesting people from Olin College of Engineering, including their marketing person, Michelle Davis, who sent this news release along about Sailbot June 9-13, 2013.  Now this I want to see!

Robotic Sailboats Coming to Gloucester, Courtesy of Olin College

New One-Meter Class Added to 2013 Sailbot Regatta

Olin College of Engineering has partnered with the City of Gloucester to co-host the 7th International Robotic Sailing Regatta, known as Sailbot, on June 9-13, 2013, in Gloucester, Mass.

The global robotic sailing competition began in 2006 as a senior project at the University of British Columbia. The contest challenges student teams to design and build robotic sailboats capable of five on-water challenges which test the speed, maneuverability and navigational capabilities within the environmental variables. In addition, each team will present the innovative and dynamic methods used in the design and manufacturing process in detail.

In addition to a two-meter Class and an Open Class (for boats up to four meters), a one-meter category has also been added. High school teams are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the additional category. The deadline for teams to indicate an intention to compete in the regatta is February 15th, 2013. Interested parties can email, and they will then receive proper registration materials once they indicate their participation. Please visit the 2013 Sailbot website for additional details.

“We are very excited to be partnering with the City of Gloucester to bring this event to the Northeast,” said Drew Bennett, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Olin. “There is a rich history of maritime innovation in Gloucester and a desire to learn more about how the local community can leverage that experience to find solutions for our oceanographic landscape in the 21st century. Sailbot is the perfect opportunity to provide a fun, educational challenge for students interested in the future of our Oceans.”

Autonomous watercraft technologies hold the potential to further advancements in national security and marine biology. Currently, the military and private sectors utilize a hybrid mix of manually operated and autonomous watercraft, but the production of fully unmanned oceanic vehicles, such as Sailbots, is now on the brink of reality. The ability to use self-guided robotic watercraft for coastal surveillance missions as well as water pollution sourcing, oil spill recovery and tsunami warning eliminates the human risk typically associated with these tasks. Furthermore, the monitoring of marine animals will be greatly enhanced by this technology, allowing for passive observation of behaviors such as migration routes and pairing sites.

Despite being rookies to the regatta, Olin College took second place overall last June with their boat “Blackbody Radiation” and also received special commendation for their success in the navigational portion of the contest. The team’s success was also recognized by one of its sponsors, National Instruments; team representatives Jaime McCandless ‘11 and Jason Curtis ‘11, along with faculty members Drew Bennett and Dave Barrett, were selected to give a keynote presentation about Sailbot at National Instruments Week 2012 (NI Week).

Decorations in the window

Every season of the year, the Prince Insurance Agency (15 Washington Street) storefront has different, seasonal decorations in the front window.

I bet that many people walk or drive by without really looking. Check it out!

-Fr. Matthew Green

Tea Party Ships to leave Gloucester soon Photos Kathy Chapman

Master shipwright Leon Poindexter, prepares the Tea Party Ships to leave Gloucester later this month, for their new berth in Boston at the Boston Tea Party Museum.

Photos ©Kathy Chapman 2012


Timelapse Video- The Launching of The Beaver From East Gloucester Marine Railways From Good Morning Gloucester

Bringing it to you first, natch!

This is 18 minutes of video compressed into 1 minute 40 seconds.

The new Boston Tea Party Museum replica ship was launched this morning from East Gloucester Marine Railways.

The ship will be part of a Tea Party museum including the replica ships from the Tea Party and is scheduled to open in June in the Fort Point Channel in Boston.  The spot of the museum  is close to the original site of the December 1773 tea party, where colonists dumped tea in the harbor to protest British taxes.

What’s a Gloucester Christmas tree without a ship or two?

Some nautical decorations are necessary on a Christmas tree in a city like Gloucester, so I made these for my tree (which only has origami decorations).

Models designed by Martin Wall (rear ship) and Patricia Crawford (front ship),  and folded by me, each from one uncut sheet of 5″ square tissue foil.

Any other Cape Ann origami folders out there? Comment on this post if you’d like to get together to fold from time to time! Maybe we could start a Cape Ann origami group.  I’m willing to teach.

Red Baron Lobster Boat Model At GMHC Gift Shop

Normally I wouldn’t post a picture of a Lobster Boat Model but in this case, this particular lobster boat model looked almost like an exact replica of the Stanley Thomas, Mark Ring’s Lobster Boat.  They sell these models at The GMHC gift shop.

Here’s The Stanley Thomas

Stanley Thomas Tied Up To The Dock
Stanley Thomas Tied Up To The Dock

Michael Wall At The American Ship Model Gallery Part III

Examples Of Extreme Miniature Models At The American Ship Model Gallery

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