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C.V. Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

Sultana Sail

Every August, the Starr Center hosts 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 the academic year, the Center offers a four-day pre-orientation sail on the 18th-century Chesapeake Bay schooner Sultana. Participants 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. On their return, the crew of students, faculty, and staff is treated to a traditional Eastern Shore feast of blue crabs on the Custom House lawn.