The Tabor Boy Project

Welcome Aboard!

For over 50 years, the schooner Tabor Boy has taken young Tabor Academy students to sea under sail. This remarkable ship has played a significant role in helping Tabor Academy transform adventurous teenagers into confident young adults.

The Tabor Boy Project is a living history project and social network by and for Tabor Boy sailors and supporters. While it will help create and preserve the rich stories that make up the schooner's history, it will also connect shipmates that have been "lost" for years.

If you have EVER sailed aboard Tabor Boy as a student, crew, parent, guest or Sea Ranger, for an hour, day, week, semester or year(s), please tell your story(s), comment on other's stories, post pictures and videos and invite shipmates to be part of this living history / storytelling archive. It's easy, fun and you can't break it!

Hop aboard and let's tell the Tabor Boy story together!

Latest Activity

James Hutton left a comment for Prentice Weathers
"Small world Prentice - I worked for Jon aboard Endeavour in '89. It was a terrific experience. I still keep in touch with him from time to time. He's always involved in amazing projects.   BTW, the credit for this site goes to Peter…"
Dec 10
James Hutton posted a photo
Dec 10
Prentice Weathers left a comment for James Hutton
"Thanks, Jamie - fun to have discovered the site. Great job! Getting to sail Morris boats is pretty sweet, but Jon Barrett's the guy with the rock star job! I have the pleasure of crossing paths with him now and then. It was terrific sailing…"
Dec 10
James Hutton left a comment for Prentice Weathers
"Prentice, Welcome aboard! I like your post of being off of Hatteras. It was always a fun challenge to sail her in weather like that. BTW, I'm envious of your job. I love Morris yachts. Again, welcome! Jamie Hutton '79"
Dec 10
Prentice Weathers is now a member of The Tabor Boy Project
Dec 10
Peter A. Mello posted a blog post
Dec 2
Douglas Davis updated their profile
Nov 18
Alex Brown commented on Rob "Swabby" Atkinson's photo


"I think that might be my uncle Bob McLean who came on one of the father/son cruises."
Nov 14
Kerry Saltonstall posted a status
"Anniversary film: Tabor Boy 100 Years at Sea to play at 4:30pm in Fireman Center in Hoyt Hall on November 23! Join us!"
Nov 10
Casey Quirk posted a blog post

Just a few Recycled Tabor Boy Sail Bags Left!

There are a few medium and extra-small bags remaining!  To see the bags and to order click here: More
Aug 15
Casey Quirk's blog post was featured

Just a few Recycled Tabor Boy Sail Bags Left!

There are a few medium and extra-small bags remaining!  To see the bags and to order click here: More
Aug 15
Casey Quirk left a comment for James Hutton
"Hi Jamie!  You and I met at reunion last year!  Thanks for welcoming me to this great website!  I just posted that there are Recycled Tabor Boy Sail Bags for Sale.  Let me know if you want one/some: (-:…"
Aug 3


Birthdays Today




Started by Charles Barns (Barney) Davis Jun 12, 2013.

1960 Newport to Bermuda race 6 Replies

Started by Charles H Jacobus. Last reply by Charles H Jacobus Sep 30, 2013.

Duane Minton 2 Replies

Started by Ian O. Malin. Last reply by James E. Geil Mar 19, 2009.

Status of Joseph Smart 9 Replies

Started by John Crocker. Last reply by Jim Potdevin Jan 23, 2010.

Please tell us about your sail training experiences 5 Replies

Started by Peter A. Mello. Last reply by Peter A. Mello Dec 15, 2008.

A collaborative storytelling / living history project about the tall ship Tabor Boy by Sea-Changes Foundation and Sea-Fever Consulting LLC.



Blog Posts

Tonight! Tabor Boy Documentary Virtual Premier, Chat and Auction

You won't want to miss this! Here's a teaser!

Tabor Boy 100 Years at Sea Trailer from Tabor Academy on Vimeo.

Posted by Peter A. Mello on December 2, 2014 at 9:41am

Just a few Recycled Tabor Boy Sail Bags Left!

There are a few medium and extra-small bags remaining!  To see the bags and to order click here:

Posted by Casey Quirk on August 15, 2014 at 8:46am

SSV Tabor Boy blog

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The students awoke to the sound of the Bosun’s pipe and Thibaut’s call of “Out of your bunks and into your trunks, it’s time to go swimming”. The final game of a four game series leaves starboard and port tied up. After an intense game of keep-away, the crew went down-bellow to cook a delicious breakfast. Everyone enjoyed the crew’s breakfast and as soon as they finished, got started on dishes and other daily chores. Once all chores were completed, the students preformed a water quality lab and compiled a weather report. Students and crew went ashore in New Bedford to see Fort Taber. Lizzie had the students spend an hour of solo time before they went over to explore the Fort. While the students were ashore the Capt. Randall and the crew welcomed the young sailors from the New Bedford Community Boating Center aboard the Schooner for a tour. When everyone was back aboard we weighed anchor and got underway, headed for Holly’s house in Wing’s Cove. The students enjoyed a relaxing last orientation sail, until the weather turned stormy. We anchored in Wing’s Cove just as it started to rain. The students helped the crew secure the deck and put sail covers on. Everyone got ready to go ashore for a cookout and some pool time. They jumped on the trampoline and enjoyed the tree swing. Almost everyone jumped off the diving board into the pool. We finished off the night with the “Tabor Talk”, where the students can ask question about Tabor of current Tabor students. This gives them a chance to see Tabor from the crew’s point of view and have a better understanding of how things work, the ins and outs of Tabor Academy. Holly gave the schooner’s history talk down below, out of the rain. The students started quiet ship when she finished and got their things ready to leave the next morning. Lights out was at 2145. Today was a perfect end to orientation week six and the summer 2014 Orientation at Sea Program.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The day began with jumping jacks and push-ups, as is tradition, followed by a jump in the ocean. The students immediately went ashore after breakfast to explore Bull Island and its aquatic creatures in the intertidal zone. Among the rocks on the shore, crabs, periwinkles, mussels, and bay scallops were all collected to create a rocky intertidal “museum.” Everyone was ferried directly from the island into Woods Hole for some time ashore; the candy store received a significant increase in business. On shore, the students also had the unique opportunity to see an experiment being performed on cuttlefish in one of the many research labs in the town. After coming back aboard, the schooner got underway towards our destination: Clarks Cove. The crew, aided by the students, hoisted the sails to catch the Buzzards Bay Sou’westerly breeze. While the Tabor Boy tacked down the bay under full sail, the watch officers taught basic navigation and how to steer the schooner. They were fully involved and needed in the process of guiding the schooner safely to her anchorage. After securing the deck and furling the sails beautifully, dinner was served. Formal colors –the last formal colors of the summer – was observed on the quarterdeck under a pale orange sky. The daily discussion tonight was centered around the idea of renewable energy; a topic that sparked a lively battle of opinions. Everyone was ready for lights out by 2130, but excited for another day!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Above Photo: Trying an oyster during a hands on lesson about oyster farming from owner of Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms, Seth Garfield It was another early morning for the students, as the XO woke the students with his bosun’s pipe at 0600.  Remembering the temperature of the water from the prior night, they were not excited about morning dip. To cure this, the XO led a longer than normal workout, and shortened the time they spent in the water.  Once everyone got changed for the day, chores began. Polishing brass is everyone’s favorite thing to do at 0700. Breakfast was soon served: chocolate chip pancakes, which are always a big hit! At 0830, Seth Garfield arrived alongside the vessel, taking all the students on a tour of his oyster farm along the island of Penikese. Everyone got to try an oyster — some definitely more excited about the idea than others. Most thought it was way too salty. The tour ended when they were dropped off on Cuttyhunk Island and given some free time to explore.  Captain Randall arrived at noon to bring everyone back to the vessel where we had a wonderful lunch, provided by our amazing cook Ellie Sullivan. After lunch, the boat was stuck in a thick fog and we had swim call to wait for it to burn off a little; everyone had a great time jumping from the rigging into the water. By 1500, the fog cleared up and we headed up the Elizabeth Islands to Hadley Harbor (off the island of Naushon). After a very enjoyable trip up the bay we headed into Hadley Harbor across from the town of Woods Hole at 1700. The rest of the afternoon was taken up by Lizzie Mitchell, our program director, who led the students through leadership activities.  The day ended with students playing games on deck, and a group discussion about water quality.  What will tomorrow bring? Be sure to check out more photos from the day on our Flickr PhotoStream!  


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