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Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

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 Starr Center offers a four-day pre-orientation sail on the 18th-century Chesapeake Bay schooner Sultana. Participants help sail a tall ship while learning about the Bay’s estuarine ecosystem and rich history.  There’s also time to play 18th-century baseball, explore the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and fight an epic water-gun battle on Langford Creek.