Sailor’s Delight August 18, 2016
There are few things more awe inspiring than witnessing nine “Tall Ships” sailing majestically into a harbor, but knowing that one of those ships will be carrying a former MIASF scholarship recipient is, in fact, even better. Samantha Breistol, who earned a scholarship from MIASF while attending South Broward High School’s Marine Magnet program, will be on board the U.S. Brig Niagara as it makes its way along the Green Bay- Duluth transit. This Niagara is a replica of the flagship vessel that helped defeat a British squadron in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
Former Maritime Magnet Coordinator for South Broward High School, Ted Davis, was on hand to see Samantha set sail along with MPT-sponsored Caitlyn Heelan and five Hawsepiper Foundation interns. The Hawespiper Foundation supports continuing maritime education through four at-sea programs.
Samantha, now a Florida Keys Community College student, is training to become a captain and will be working as first mate on the R/V Endsley on Lower Matecumbe Key for the Hawsepiper Foundation once she returns home.
The contrasting images of the historical vessel and the future mariners confirms the important and significant legacy of the marine industry.