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Monday, September 22, 2014

URI GSO celebrates 50th anniversary of boat burning event at Bay Campus

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Courtesy of URI Graduate School of Oceanography

After enrolling at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1964, Donald Gordon towed his wooden sloop from Woods Hole, Mass., to the URI Bay Campus in hopes of sailing it in his free time. When it arrived, the boat was beyond repair, so he offered to burn it as part of a student-organized picnic during the first week of classes. He had no idea he was starting a tradition that would continue for the next half century.

Last week, the Graduate School of Oceanography hosted its 50th boat burning event, which serves as the conclusion to orientation for new students and an informal celebration to welcome students back to campus. Organized by the Chowder…

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