Old World Sailing, Hands-On Cruise Aboard 18th Century Merchant Schooner Replica
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The last date listed for Old World Sailing was Saturday June 13, 2009 / 3:00pm - 5:00pm.
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While the D.C. area abounds with boating and water sports fun, there’s nothing comparable to a two-hour sail aboard an historic schooner! Professionals in the City invites you to an event that’s the only one of its kind; raise your topsails for a seafaring event of such distinction, it will forever change your view of sailing life in the 18th century!
A perfect replica of a Boston-built merchant schooner, for four years, she served the British Royal Navy. She’s been painstakingly recreated with meticulous detail to give modern participants a completely authentic experience of schooner-sailing hundreds of years before today’s convenient engine-powered vessels. Once, the sailing ships ruled the seas; now you can experience the reality of crewing a masted schooner!
This ship was launched in 2001 as a “living classroom” for completely unique educational programs about seafaring life; over 5,000 participants each year have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step back in history, onto the high seas and the challenges of crewing a schooner that was originally launched in 1767. You’ll learn the history of the vessel as a merchant and patrolling ship that survived some of the most dangerous crossings of the North Atlantic during the American Colonial period. Although the original schooner’s fate is unknown, you’ll have a two-hour sail on her meticulously recreated replica!
Your embarkation will begin on the Gangplank Marina at D.C.’s southwest waterfront promptly at 3:00 pm; you’ll disembark at 5:00 pm. During this time, you’ll have the unique opportunity to assist the crew in raising the sails and steering the ship. All your questions about seafaring life in the 1700’s and the construction of this ship will be answered, as well as providing you with an interactive tour of the living quarters. History will come alive for you the moment you step on board the 51-foot deck!