Sailing aboard the 18th-century schooner Sultana, a group of first-year students explored the rich history of the Chesapeake Bay. Organized by Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, this pre-orientation trip offered students an opportunity to live aboard an 18th-century vessel, meet a buccaneer from the Golden Age of Piracy, play 18th-century baseball, and explore the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Divided up into two teams, the Royal Navy and the Buccaneers, the participants faced off in a series of challenges, culminating in an epic naval battle on Langford Creek.
The Department of Art and Art History welcomed distinguished art historian John Walsh, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum and Adjunct Professor of Art History at Yale University to discuss John Trumbull’s painting “Battle of Bunker Hill.”
As part of the third journey, which concentrates on policy that affects the bay, Chesapeake Semester students traveled to Cambridge, MD to visit Horn Point Lab and the Oyster Recovery Partnership to see how oysters are grown in captivity to be released into the bay, in hopes that they will one day repopulate the bay’s endangered oyster population. In the afternoon, the group visited Marinetics, a private aquaculture operation that produces oysters for sale to restaurants and distributors.