Bon Voyage Little Lagoda!

Little Lagoda is in port! Stay tuned for updates.

Dubbed Little Lagoda, this five foot, self-steering sailboat is making its way across the Atlantic Ocean, drifting with the currents on its way to an unknown destination.

The Whaling Museum worked on the project with Educational Passages, an organization that collaboratively builds miniature boats and tracks their voyages after being launched from various points across the globe. Designed as educational tools to teach students about the sciences of the world’s oceans, the boats are powered solely by ocean winds and currents and are capable of sailing thousands of miles.

Grade 5 students from William H. Taylor Elementary School decorated the boat and decided what items and messages should be included in the watertight compartment. They named it Little Lagoda in honor of the Museum’s famous half-scale model of an actual 19th century whaling vessel, the Lagoda. Prior to launch, Whaling Museum staff, assisted by Museum docent Peter Fenton, made three in-class presentations to review oceanography, geography, navigation, currents, and boat building.

The Northeast Maritime Institute assisted with launching Little Lagoda in the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream on May 10, 2017, 25 miles southeast of Martha’s Vineyard and 20 miles south of Nantucket. The Taylor School students are tracking the boat via the GPS transmitter on board. 


Track Little Lagoda across the Atlantic Ocean

Click here or on the map below to see the live tracking map. 
Then click on the pins until you see “Little_Lagoda.”

Little Lagoda tracking map


The Launch 

May 10, 2017 at Latitude 41N Longitude 70 24 W in 131 feet of water
photograph of Little Lagoda launch












Last modified: August 31, 2017