January 17, 2013 – Antarctic Trip Hotchkiss Students Encounter 30 Foot Rogue Wave: For private school students, trips to far-flung corners of the earth have long been de rigueur. Pictured above, a Silver Explorer ship.
But when 90 students from the elite Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., headed literally to the end of the earth — Antarctica — for a three-week excursion, there were more than icebergs and penguins awaiting them.
Around 5:10 p.m. on Sunday, as the M.S. Silver Explorer, the luxury cruise liner carrying the 10th- through 12th-grade students, cruised in the Southern Ocean toward the continent, it was engulfed by a storm. A 30-foot wave broke over the vessel, shattering windows on its bridge, taking out some electricity and injuring the captain and three crew members.
“The ship, suddenly, seems to suspend itself in midair,” Sebastian Sanchez, one of the students, wrote in one of the more dramatic blog posts on the episode. “We stand no chance on board because the elements have no emotion. They will toss and turn us, bite and rip us apart until we are nothing left but a piece of floating driftwood.”
Others took a less metaphysical approach. “Dramamine became everyone’s new best friend,” wrote Natalie Kawam, another student. (Ben MacShane, a 10th grader, told his mother via e-mail that he had been one of two students at breakfast — out of 90 — since most other students were seasick.) Click on the link below for the complete story.
The Master of Disaster