Sail The Sultana

Explore our history on the water!

Join us on an exciting and scenic four-day sailing adventure aboard the 18th-century Royal Navy schooner HMS Sultana, students will experience the rich history, natural beauty, and unique environment of the Chesapeake Bay region.

The Sultana is a 97-foot replica of a British vessel that patrolled the Chesapeake before the American Revolution. The program will start with a crab feast – a Chesapeake tradition – before we set sail. During a 30-mile voyage down the beautiful Chester River, participants will learn to steer and sail the ship, observe wildlife, and meet a pirate.

Then, get ready to face off in an epic naval battle with canoes, Super Soakers, and fierce hand-to-hand combat between the Royal Navy and Buccaneers!

In the evenings, Sultana will dock at two historic waterfront estates for cookouts and games with Washington College students and faculty, sunset canoe expeditions, and opportunities for swimming and relaxing. Eighteenth-century baseball, Eastern Shore music, and a road trip to the acclaimed Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in historic St. Michaels will round out the trip. Participants will sleep aboard the ship or in tents near the water. The program is geared toward students with an interest in history, American studies, and the environment. although all are welcome to participate. 

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