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Location: Slipway, Antigua

Well, today is the day we have all been dreading: fly, cry, bye. Our students have all departed with all (well, most) of their things, and Ocean Star is feeling eerily empty and quiet. Sam, Ash, Kelly, Hedrek, and I are too sad to put into words what this semester has meant to everyone, so instead of trying, here is the most amazing sea shanty ever written. It was Isaac’s super-secret project and was amazingly performed by the shipmates to the staff before our final squeeze last night. It brought tears to our eyes, and the tune has been in our heads all day. Please read this in the most sea-shanty of tunes you possibly can:

Well, Hedrek Tom-Baird was the captain of a ship
(Roll on, heddy boy, roll captain Hedrek)
Set out in the spring from Antigua slip
(Roll on, heddy boy, roll captain Hedrek)
Ocean Star was her right good name
(Roll on, heddy boy, roll captain Hedrek)
Easy to meet but hard to tame
(Roll captain Hedrek roll)

Roll on, captain T-B
Skipper of the schooner Ocean Star was he
I’ll teach you, but he taught me
so roll captain Hedrek roll

Captain T-B kept well his crew
(Roll on, heddy boy, roll captain Hedrek)
Ready with a shanty and a kettle too
(Roll on, heddy boy, roll captain Hedrek)
He’d sip his tea and sing his song
(Roll on, heddy boy, roll captain Hedrek)
Keep the crew dancing all night long
(Roll captain Hedrek roll)

Roll on, captain T-B
Skipper of the schooner Ocean Star was he,
I’ll teach you, but he taught me
so roll captain Hedrek roll

Hedrek held a class on plotters and charts
(Roll on, heddy boy, roll captain Hedrek)
Taught us to steer by the northern stars
(Roll on, heddy boy, roll captain Hedrek)
Showed us the windlass and the helm, and the sheets
(Roll on, heddy boy, roll captain Hedrek)
Sweating with his hands and steering with his feet
(Roll captain Hedrek roll)

Roll on, Captain T-B
Skipper of the schooner Ocean Star was he
I’ll teach you, but he taught me,
so roll captain Hedrek roll

Sam Mercer, she made the plans
(Roll on, Samantha, roll on, Samantha)
Guided us with a practiced hand
(Roll on, Samantha, roll on, Samantha)
Told us depth and bathymetry
(Roll on, Samantha, roll on, Samantha)
If you know the ocean, then you’re set free
(Oh, roll on, Samantha, roll)

Roll on Sam Mercer
We owe our best memories to her
Best boat dancer on the deck for sure
Oh, roll on, Samantha roll

Ash Hastings was the medic on board
(Roll on Ashley, roll on Ashley)
Brought us laughter and healed our sores
(Roll on Ashley, roll on Ashley)
Taught us how to scuba dive
(Roll on Ashley, roll on Ashley)
Underwater we feel alive!
(Roll on, Ashley, roll)

Roll on Ashley H
Director of the rescue diver stage
The joy of Legos never age
So roll on Ashley roll

Amanda S was a bio nerd
(Roll on Amanda, roll on Amanda)
Taught us of the ocean through Microsoft word
(Roll on Amanda, roll on Amanda)
Bursting with stories of her mom
(Roll on Amanda, roll on Amanda)
Loves the prisoner of Azkaban
(Roll on Amanda, roll)

Roll on, Shuman A!
Just her smile can make your day
If she cries at a sturgeon simply say
Oh roll on Amanda, roll

Roll on, Ocean Star!
Keep her happy and she’ll take you far
FInd her in la hermosura del mar
And roll on Ocean Star roll