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OBHS Students Board Santa Maria II

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Oyster Bay High School 7th graders stepped back in time when they received a guided tour of the replica tall ship Santa Maria II, the largest in explorer Christopher Columbus' famous fleet that discovered America in 1492. The ship was docked at Oyster Bay’s waterfront for public viewing during the recent Oyster Festival.

Students learned about the history of Spanish ships and the skills needed to sail them across the ocean as crew members took them around the main deck to the upper deck and the lower deck of the ship, viewing areas such as the sleeping and cooking quarters, and the captain’s quarters. The ship and its international 14-member crew had made the voyage from Spain, taking about 30 days to reach Puerto Rico, and traveled to various ports around the United States over several months to share the history and heritage of the vessel.

The opportunity, coordinated by the festival’s media relations specialist Ms. Alissa Marti with assistance from Mr. Joseph Pesqueira, K-12 Social Studies Supervisor for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, enabled a class that was learning about exploration in social studies to receive a free tour of the floating museum as a way to enhance their classroom learning.

Students left the tour with stickers of the ship and a book about its history and construction for their classroom.        

“Touring this ship brings history to life for our students and enables them to gain a better understanding of what sailing was like and what crew members endured during Columbus’ transatlantic voyage,” said 7th grade social studies teacher Mr. John Andriaccio. “We thank Ms. Marti for providing this opportunity for our students.”

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