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September 25, 2013

Save The Bay Christens 46-foot Education Vessel

M/V Elizabeth Morris increases capacity for school programming and educational tours in Narragansett Bay 

NEWPORT, R.I. – On a beatiful blue sky day, Alletta Cooper smashed the bottle of Champagne over the bow of the gleaming white vessel. Elizabeth Morris was now officially part of the education fleet of Save The Bay.

Sitting alongside her sister ship, M/V Alletta Morris, at the Alofsin Piers at Fort Adams, the 46-foot Chesapeake Deadrise “Lizzie” will allow the organization to expand its ability to offer on-the-water experiential education opportunities for school children and teachers that are aligned with state science standards. Public trips, such as Save The Bay’s popular seal watch cruises and lighthouse tours, will also be offered on Lizzie.

Save The Bay started its education program, Explore The Bay, in 1987, offering experiential environmental programming on the water, on the shore, and in the classroom. Nearly 100,000 school children have used Alletta Morris as a floating classroom since 2001. “Lizzie,” as the new vessel is affectionally named by Save The Bay’s staff, has been outfitted to be licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard for travel beyond Narragansett Bay, including Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. In November and December, she will make apearances in Westerly for cruises in Little Narragansett Bay.

About Save The Bay

Founded in 1970, Save The Bay is a nonprofit member organization working to protect, restore and explore Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Save The Bay believes the Bay’s future depends on tomorrow’s leaders understanding how important the Bay is to our economy, environment and quality of life. The organization offers education programs to schools, community groups and the general public; protects Narragansett Bay by advocating for Bay-friendly legislation, reviewing permits and raising public awareness; and restores the Bay to full health through its extensive habitat restoration program.