The primary objective of the course in New Haven’s Maritime History and Arts is to give students some feeling for life on New Haven’s harbor through direct contact by visiting City Point, Grapevine Point, the Quinnipiac River, etc.; by seeing a set of slides showing life around the harbor in the recent past and by constructing a small fishing boat using traditional boat building skills. A secondary objective is to have the class become familiar with the maritime history of New Haven so that they will feel that their experience fits into the continuum of this history once their small boat has been launched.
For the purposes of this institute the unit will focus on the history segment of the Marine Arts and Sciences course taught by the High School in the Community. The reader should recognize that the actual course is interdisciplinary in nature, covering navigation, carpentry, marine biology and New Haven history and is taught at Schooner Inc., City Point (Oyster Point).