Tall ships dock at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels this summer

Three replica tall ships will visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., in 2017, bringing with them the opportunity for CBMM guests to learn more about international and American maritime history.

The schooner Sultana, an on-the-water classroom for learning about the history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay

“We can’t wait for these ships to visit us this summer,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “They bring so much history to our campus, and it’s truly a delight to be able to share it with our guests.”

The schooner Sultana will be at CBMM beginning mid-day on Friday, May 12, 2017 and continuing through Thursday, May 25, 2017. Sultana will visit CBMM again Friday, June 23, through Monday, June 26.

While at CBMM, Sultana will be hosting students in an under-sail environmental science program on the Miles River during weekdays, and can be seen dockside over the weekend.

Sultana serves as an on-the-water classroom for learning about the history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay. An almost exact replica of a British schooner that patrolled the North American coast just prior to the American Revolution, Sultana provides day-long programs as well as live-aboard programs for participants.

On Thursday, July 6, Maryland Dove will arrive at CBMM and can be seen out on the Miles River and dockside through Monday, July 10. Local school groups will be touring the ship, with Dove open for boarding to all CBMM guests from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., July 8 to 10. The public is invited for free public access to Maryland Dove while at CBMM on July 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Maryland Dove is a re-creation of the late 17th century trading ship that brought the first settlers to what is now Maryland. Built in a shipyard near Cambridge, Md., Dove is owned by the state of Maryland and operated and maintained by the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission.

The tall ship Pride of Baltimore II will be at CBMM on Friday, August 11, and remain dockside along CBMM’s campus through August 13, with deck tours offered from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

In 1988, Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which sank in 1986 due to a white squall off Puerto Rico. Both ships were built in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners, or Baltimore Clippers, which helped America win the War of 1812 and finally secure its freedom.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay, with values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. More information about CBMM and these visiting vessels can be found at cbmm.org