07/02/14 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO |  Aerial view of Shelter Island students aboard the Alabama participating in the “pin chase,”an activity where the crew calls out different parts of the boat and lines and the students have to locate them.

COURTESY PHOTO |
Aerial view of Shelter Island students aboard the Alabama participating in the “pin chase,”an activity where the crew calls out different parts of the boat and lines and the students have to locate them.

The coast of Massachusetts is home to some of the most exclusive vacation spots in the country, including Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket. But for the 19 seventh-graders from Shelter Island who recently visited the region, the trip was anything but a vacation. (more…)