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Finding the Boat

By Payton Commack

Payton Commack displaying the boat he found.

Payton Commack displaying the boat he found.

 

I found this little sailboat while I was on a nature walk with my Bilingual group a few weeks ago. I found it on the beach over by Era or Ravn, whichever you call it. I was looking on the ground for coal or any type of bone, and then I saw a piece of leather with a stick through it. I picked it up and figured out that it was a boat! Then, my friend EJ found that there was a phone number on the sail.

A name and phone # was found written on the front of the boat.

A name and phone # was found written on the front of the boat.

The back of the boat.

The back of the boat.

Once we got back to our Bilingual classroom, we called the number. When they answered we asked them if they had set out a boat. They said, “Yes!” then EJ told them, “We found it!” We asked them where they were from and found out that they are from Port Heiden in southwestern Alaska.

Students standing at the location the boat was found.

Students standing at the location the boat was found.

They told us that they only have 90-something people in their village. The people who set the boat out were an Aleut couple and they just wanted to see how far the boat would go, and it came all the way to Unalakleet. Anyway, that is how we found the boat.



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