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Students Studying Coastal Maine Test Hand-Built Canoes on Special Trip

Led by faculty member George Tahan, ten seniors participated in a distinctive senior inquiry course offered by only a few independent schools.


The course, entitled “The Maine Coast: A Cultural History,” focuses not only on the cultural history but also the geography of coastal Maine. As part of the course, students build Dacron skin on wood canoes representing Native American design, New England boat-building practices, and 20th-century materials.

At the end of the course, boys take their canoes, which take approximately 70 hours to complete, and travel to Maine to study a section of the coast in the Sheepscot River to understand the geography and culture of the shores.

Please enjoy the video of footage of the boys riding their canoes!
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