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Schooner Sultana - Home Port: Chestertown, MD
Activities: Sultana offers several types of one-day, under-sail programs that focus on the history and natural environment of the Chesapeake Bay. On one-day programs, participants—students or adults—develop team-building skills and work at various learning stations above and below decks.

Activities on one-day colonial history programs include:

  • Raising and lowering the sails

  • Map studies

  • Reading excerpts from Sultana’s original log books

  • Using traditional 18th-century navigational tools

  • Food sampling

  • Examining a sailor’s personal belongings chest

  • Discussing 18th-century medical practices

  • Laying in crew members’ bunks

  • Learning about Sultana’s armaments

Activities on one-day Chesapeake Bay ecology programs include:

  • Map and chart studies

  • Catching and examining plankton

  • Sampling marine life caught using an "otter trawl" (fishing net)

  • Examining the bottom

  • Water testing for pH, salinity, and dissolved oxygen

  • Determining the turbidity of the water and discussing how this measurement affects the survival rate of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAVs)

  • Building an on-board aquarium

Beginning in the summer of 2002, Sultana will offer live-aboard programming. On these trips, participants will explore the history and environment of the Chesapeake by day—and sleep under the sails and stars at night. Students and adults will learn first-hand what it was like to live in the crew’s quarters, sail the vessel, and navigate using 18th-century tools. The trips—for groups as large as 12 people—will last 2-5 days.

You also can visit the Sultana when the vessel is berthed at Chestertown for open houses. Contact the shipyard for the schedule.

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Accessibility: The vessel itself does not enable wheelchairs to board, but the dock is handicapped accessible for visitors to approach and view the schooner.

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