On August 31, the Starr Center hosted a group of dauntless mariners – a.k.a., Washington College first-year students - for a sail through history aboard the 1768 Schooner Sultana, pride of the Chester River.
At the beginning of each academic year, the Center offers a four-day pre-orientation sail on the 18th-century Chesapeake Bay schooner Sultana. Participants have an opportunity to help sail a tall ship, meet a buccaneer from the Golden Age of Piracy, play 18th-century baseball, explore the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and fight an epic water-gun battle on Langford Creek. The trip introduces participants to the rich history of the Chesapeake Bay region from the vantage point of the water, and is geared toward students with an interest in History or American Studies, although all are welcome to participate. Registration is handled through the Student Affairs Office.
On their return, the crew of students, faculty, and staff was treated to a traditional Eastern Shore feast of blue crabs on the Custom House lawn.