Independence Seaport Museum’s SAILOR Students Launch Hand Crafted Boat


On June 2, students involved in the Independence Seaport Museum’s SAILOR Program launched their handmade 19-foot wooden motor boat on the Delaware River. Named The Jawn by the students, the boat will be used as the Museum’s new work boat, servicing all other vessels.

Students built the boat from start to finish as part of a program enhancing the classroom experience through a hands-on learning approach.

Most of the students come from an underserved community and were nominated by their teachers to begin to understand various STEM related fields. The launch honored the hard work put forth by the students and was the culmination of the after-school program.

The students documented their progress throughout the school year - https://wowsailor.tumblr.com/

Media Coverage on Launch of The Jawn:

CBS3: Local Teens Build Boat At Independence Seaport Museum

The Philadelphia Inquirer and philly.com: This motorboat, the Jawn, is the handiwork of Philly teens 

KYW: Student-built boat, the Jawn, sets sail on its maiden voyage: 'It took a lot of sanding'

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