The Roseway Schooner
We had a very nice evening last night aboard the Roseway
. Drinking with Bermuda's glitterati, it was just a shame my parents couldn't have been there as originally the night was scheduled a couple of weekends back but the Roseway
got delayed on it's journey from St Croix in the Virgin Islands to Bermuda.
The 137ft long wooden schooner was launched in 1925 from the coast of Massachusetts and was restored over a period of two years at the turn of the century. She is now a fully fledged National Historic Landmark
The Roseway is now operated by the World Ocean School
, a non-profit educational organisation based in Maine and journeys between St Croix and Boston and is used to inspire, educate and connect underprivileged kids.
The crew of 8 were a pragmatic lot, mostly cool kids using college breaks to do good and get themselves some adventure. One pretty thing from Hamilton, Ontario told us that she'd never been in warm weather before and therefore was very fond of her newly acquired white bits. An interesting conservation but not as interesting as the one with a 50-year old Canadian woman who met a rich sugar daddy in Antigua 5 weeks ago and hadn't been home yet.
Downstairs the boat was full of gleaming oak but just one 'head.' I'd imagine especially when accompanied by nine kids, the toileting may take some planning! Meanwhile the great and the good of Bermuda told old stories to us outsiders just happy to be here and drunk merrily away like old sailors. We made our escape to the sanctuary of land but it was a fun old time.