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CRONKITE: Connecticut is once again,  expanding its influence outward in the scientific and educational aspects of maritime affairs.

At the University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, the  focus is on a marine-oriented curriculum.   Both the educational programs and the physical plant have been expanded in recent years.

With undergraduate and graduate courses for nearly 800 students a year,  high school programs for about 25,000 students annually, and marine research programs on a range of topics, Avery Point has transformed itself into a top-rank oceanographic center …

RICHARD A. COOPER (Dir. Marine Science & Tech. Ctr., UConn Avery Point): The major products of our marine program here is one of – of public education and even more specifically advanced education … for people that will do research on the dynamics of our coastal environment …for this ultimate goal of protection and - and efficient management.

A lot of people don’t realize that there is a greater concentration of marine oriented industries ranging from military to recreation to commerce to education and research concentrated in southeastern Connecticut than probably any other part of our country and, perhaps, even the world. And so southeastern Connecticut is a logical place for this kind of major expansion of our state’s flagship university.

I and my cohorts a short while ago formed a not-for-profit foundation called the Ocean Technology Foundation whose goal it is to develop …undersea systems that will allow men and women, engineers, military people, scientists, students, educators to live and work effectively in the sea for weeks and months at a time down to depths of about 600, 800 feet, to better understand this very complex marine environment, the so-called continental shelf.  Some of these are very visionary undertakings on our part.  This kind of research is valuable not only for our own local waters but there’s such a tremendous need for these kinds of environmental and aquaculture production type systems around the world.

CRONKITE: Famed deep-sea explorer Dr. Robert Ballard came to Connecticut after many years of being headquartered at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts.

ROBERT BALLARD (President, Institute for Exploration): Our work is down to 20,000 feet and most people don’t realize that most of the ocean is very deep. The average depth is 12,000 feet. So what we’re trying to do with our new exhibit center is to sensitize people to the role the oceans play in our planet and we’re the only kind of educational program in the world that deals with the deep sea. So that’s its education component.

Its academic potential really grew out of my discovery of the Titanic and that was the realization that the deep sea is a preserver of human history. And so what we’re doing here at IFE is to bring together the Oceanographic world which is the one I’ve been living in for the last 30 years with the archeological world, to create a whole new field of research called deep water archeology.

I came to southeastern Connecticut because of the critical mass that was already here.  There’s so many different entities here that are committed to the ocean and all of them, and this is very critical, are willing to work together.  So I see a great future.  I’m very involved in the history and the maritime history of this state, it’s a great, great history.

CLOSE

CRONKITE: The story of Connecticut and the sea is constantly evolving, connecting the rich maritime history of the state to its future.

Through the centuries, Connecticut's people have used the sea for an endless stream of maritime commerce, production and recreation.  Some industries have run their course, and become part of history. Others have been transformed by changing times. Still others are yet to be born and to flourish.

In the final analysis, the defining characteristic of Connecticut's relationship with the sea is the fertile meeting of imagination with the sea's infinite possibilities -- how ideas, expertise and bold ventures have created great rewards -- often with equal sacrifice.

Somewhere, at this moment, someone is looking out at Long Island Sound's watery horizon, with yet another new idea on how to exploit, nurture or harness this richest of resources.

That is the continuing story of Connecticut and the sea.

Credits

 Forebitter -- Strike the Bell

Down on the poop deck walkin’ all about,
There’s a second mate so steady and so stout,
What he’s a thinkin’ he knows not himself, 
We’re wishing he would hurry up and strike the bell.

Strike the bell second mate,
Let us go below,
Look you well to windward you can see it’s going to blow,
Lookin’ at the glass you can see that it has fell,
And we wish that you would hurry up and strike the bell.

Now down on the main deck and workin’ at the pumps,
There’s a larboard watch just longing for the bunks.
Looking to the windward they see a great swell,
They’re wishin’ that the second mate would strike the bell.

Strike the bell second mate,
Let us go below,
Look you well to windward you can see it’s going to blow,
Lookin’ at the glass you can see that it has fell and we wish that you would hurry up and strike the bell.

Now at the wheel poor Anderson stands,
Clutchin’ at the spokes with his cold mittened hands.
Lookin’ at the compass at the course is sure and well,
He’s wishing that the second mate would strike the bell.

Strike the bell second mate,
Let us go below,
Look you well to windward you can see it’s going to blow,
Lookin’ at the glass you can see that it has fell and we wish that you would hurry up and strike the bell.

Strike the bell second mate,
Let us go below,
Look you well to windward you can see it’s going to blow, 

Lookin’ at the glass you can see that it has fell and we wish that you would hurry up and strike the bell.

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