The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration drifter program could be landing on our beaches.

It teaches school children about boat building first.

Then, by launching the boats into the ocean, the real lessons begin. The program allows people to watch ocean currents and winds.

Last year four vessels came ashore in South Carolina. With the help of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources we recovered three of them and got them back out to sea.

Another drifter is now headed toward the Charleston area. (They must have heard how great our city is.)

People can watch the progress of these little boats and learn a lot more about the program from http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/drifter/.

Please keep your eyes open for these little boats.

If you recover one, keep it outside so the GPS can see the sky, and we will do our best to get the boats back out to sea.

Last year we lost one that came ashore on the Isle of Palms.

We suspect it’s under someone’s raised beach house. Let’s welcome these passing tourists and get them back out to sea.

Jay Stewart

Concord Street

Charleston