Seafarers of West Virginia

Jonathan and I got a great idea to make two boats that we could sail on our pond. First we got two boards from Dad that he couldn’t use any more and cut the front of them to a point. We hunted in the woods for some perfectly straight sticks for the mast. Connecting the stick to the mast.Then we drilled a hole in the middle of the board for the mast. With tiny little rubber-bands we tied two or three smaller twigs to the mast and taped the cloth sails on. For looks I put six little canons that we made on it. And last of all we pounded a nail on the back of the boat and tied a rope to it so that if it sunk while we were sailing it we could pull it in.

We had a wonderful time sailing the boats on the pond. During a pretend attack from the enemy,Hit and sink!The point of the boat.The cannons. Jonathan threw rocks near the boat. Accidently he threw a big rock too far and hit directly on top of his boat and smashed it. So he decided to make another one that was a lot bigger and better with 3 masts, 7 sails, and 2 flags. He used a picture from a book of actual ships for his design.

Sailing the boats on our pond.This is an example of Resourcefulness because we used what other’s would probably overlook or discard like sticks and left over scraps of cloth.

Resourcefulness: Wise use of that which others would normally overlook or discard.

Jonathan's ship on display.


  1. James March 28, 2008 at 4:41 pm #

    Wow! I can’t wait to get home to see them! That last one looked especially well done! Great creativity as well as resourcefulness; I don’t know if I’ve every known anyone to make their own ships like yours.

  2. Donald March 31, 2008 at 2:44 pm #

    Wow! West Virginians can make good seafarers after all! That was a lot of fun to read, David and Jonathan, and a very memorable example of resourcefulness besides. “Carry on Mr. Bowditch!”

  3. Daniel April 1, 2008 at 6:40 am #

    Wow, what a work of art, Jonathan! I can just picture your vessel in that last picture streaming through the ocean waters at sunset…

  4. Hannah Wilkes April 2, 2008 at 4:26 pm #

    Wow! What creativity!! That would be fun to try sometime. 🙂

  5. Joshua, Markie, & Adam April 2, 2008 at 4:32 pm #

    Hey, we like the creative designs. Markie commented that he wished we were going to your house this weekend so he could see it in person. Now, the big question, did you successfully guard West Virginia’s island of Catan from the invasion of the pirates and barbarians? 🙂


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