PROGRAMS: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum would be pleased to have your group visit us. We offer a variety of educational programs and all include a Museum tour. Program choices include: women pirates, sailor’s valentines, and scrimshaw boxes or medallions (see below).
TOURS: If your group would prefer only a guided tour of the Museum the cost is $6.00 per person and lasts one hour. Reservations for at least 10 people are required for all guided tours and programs.
LIVING HISTORY: Groups visiting the Museum may also add a "Living History" presentation to their tours at no extra charge. Please see description below.
CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE: Due to construction near our classroom this program will not be available until late-fall 2019.
Have ye heard of the Pirate Blackbeard? How about Black Bart or Captain Kidd? Aye!
But what about the pirates Rachel Wall, Grace O’Malley, or Madame Cheng?
Well the shenanigans of these women pirates were just as exciting and adventurous as their male counterparts!
Too often women have been portrayed as pedestrian in regards to maritime history, or as mythical victimizing beings, or simply not represented at all. The program “Rogues & Rouge: Women Pirates of the High Seas!” is an attempt to correct this oversight. Through a fun inter-active program designed expressly for youth groups, students will learn about the exciting role female pirates played in maritime history.Following the 20 minute program, youth groups will have the opportunity to make their own piece of "pirate coin jewelry." This activity will provide students with a brief history of early Spanish coins.
So avast thar maties and come aboard for an exciting tour of "Women Pirates of the High Seas!" Savvy?
Price:$9.00 per person with a party of 10 or more and includes a Museum tour.
Allow 2 hours. Rogues & Rouge patches available at $3.00 each.
THE ART OF THE WHALER
One of the greatest problems sailors faced at sea was BOREDOM! So to alleviate this condition many sailors had hobbies to keep them busy. One of the most memorable of these was making scrimshaw-decorative carvings on walrus tusks, whales teeth or other bits of bone. Following the traditions of the great scrimshanders, you can learn to make your own piece of carved art!
Scrimshaw Medallion: 1” medallion can be made into a pin or magnet.
Price: $7.00 per person with a party of 10 or more and includes a Museum tour.
Allow 1hr 30 minutes.
Scrimshaw Box: a Victorian decoupage masterpiece, decorated with a scrimshaw medallion.
Price: $11.00 per person with a party of 10 or more and includes a Museum tour.
Allow 2 hours.
A GIFT FROM THE SEA
After returning home from a long voyage it was customary for sailors to award their female loved ones with sentimental gifts. A popular offering was the “Sailor’s Valentine,” or “Shell Mosaic.” Sailors would create these items with shells, beans, cloth, and other pieces of scrap material they found on board or gathered from various ports.
At Ships of the Sea you can create your own sailor’s valentine to present to a loved one, or keep for yourself!
Price: $12.00 per person with a party of 10 or more and includes a Museum tour.
Allow 2 hours.
(Photo above: 19th century Sailor's Valentine, Museum Collection)
FOR GIRL SCOUTS
A SPECIAL TOUR!
Girl Scouts, did you know that Juliette Gordon Low had family connections to the historic Steamship Savannah: the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean? Or that she lost a loved one on the Titanic and wrote a moving letter about the tragic event? Did you know that a WWII vessel was named after her, or that her cousin was a Confederate pirate? At Ships of the Sea we provide a special tour for Girl Scout troops which focuses on Juliette Gordon Low’s connections to Savannah’s rich maritime history!
Price: $6.00 per person with a party of 10 or more.
Allow 1 hour.
Museum patches available for Girl Scouts at $3.00 each.
Consider adding a living history presentation to your group tour! For each presentation a Museum interpreter, dressed in a period uniform, will provide you with special tour of either Savannah’s Civil War naval history, the story of the light cruiser USS Savannah’s role during WWII, or the captivating tale of the Steamship Savannah - the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Each presentation lasts approximately 15 minutes, and is offered at no extra charge. Please see descriptions and availability below.
(One presentation per tour. Please add an extra 15 minutes to your visit. Suitable for adult and youth tours.)
A BOTTLE CORKED AT BOTH ENDS: SAVANNAH AND THE NAVIES DURING THE CIVIL WAR
A glimpse into Savannah’s role during the Civil War at Sea. Topics include, the Union’s blockade of the city, blockade runners, and the lives of sailors in the Union and Confederate Navies, as well as important Naval operations in the Savannah area.
Available: Sunday - Thursday
THE STEEL LADY & HER IRON MEN
Join us aboard the USS Savannah (CL-42) for a tour around and through her storied history of service in the United States Navy, from 1933-1946, on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, from operation “Torch” to operation “Magic Carpet.” We’ll bring the Galloping Ghost back to life.
Available: Wednesday, Friday - Sunday
THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CAPTAIN MOSES ROGERS
Hear the incredible story of the Steamship Savannah's historic trans-Atlantic voyage in 1819 - the first Atlantic crossing by a steamship - by the man who captained her. Captain Rogers will provide you with his first-hand account of the first steamship's unique construction and her historic oceanic crossing which ushered in the Age of Steam!
Available: Sunday - Thursday
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Due to the historic nature of the building, accommodations are limited. Please go to our Visitor Information page for more information. When scheduling a group tour or program please inform the Museum staff if there is a disabled person in your group.