Educational schooner visits Mystic Seaport

The schooner Virginia motors up the Mystic River Monday en route to Mystic Seaport. The Virginia is a reproduction of the last all-sail vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association. The original ship sailed for the pilots from 1917-1926, training apprentice pilots in seamanship and navigation. The reproduction, built in Norfolk between 2002-2004, is also used as an educational platform. Its programs include courses in maritime history, marine science, maritime literature, and team-building for both students and adults. According to the ship's website, the schooner is curtailing its sailing season and returning to Hampton Roads this month and will likely be put on the market for sale. The Board of Directors of the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, owners and operators of the schooner Virginia, announced that revenue from operations and other sources has proven inadequate to support its operating model. Accordingly, the sale of the vessel appears the most prudent decision at this time. Fall programs scheduled to start after Aug. 10 have been canceled.
The schooner Virginia motors up the Mystic River Monday en route to Mystic Seaport. The Virginia is a reproduction of the last all-sail vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association. The original ship sailed for the pilots from 1917-1926, training apprentice pilots in seamanship and navigation. The reproduction, built in Norfolk between 2002-2004, is also used as an educational platform. Its programs include courses in maritime history, marine science, maritime literature, and team-building for both students and adults. According to the ship's website, the schooner is curtailing its sailing season and returning to Hampton Roads this month and will likely be put on the market for sale. The Board of Directors of the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, owners and operators of the schooner Virginia, announced that revenue from operations and other sources has proven inadequate to support its operating model. Accordingly, the sale of the vessel appears the most prudent decision at this time. Fall programs scheduled to start after Aug. 10 have been canceled. Sean D. Elliot/The Day Buy Photo

The schooner Virginia motors up the Mystic River Monday en route to Mystic Seaport. The Virginia is a reproduction of the last all-sail vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association. The original ship sailed for the pilots from 1917-1926, training apprentice pilots in seamanship and navigation. The reproduction, built in Norfolk between 2002-2004, is also used as an educational platform. Its programs include courses in maritime history, marine science, maritime literature, and team-building for both students and adults. According to the ship's website, the schooner is curtailing its sailing season and returning to Hampton Roads this month and will likely be put on the market for sale. The Board of Directors of the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, owners and operators of the schooner Virginia, announced that revenue from operations and other sources has proven inadequate to support its operating model. Accordingly, the sale of the vessel appears the most prudent decision at this time. Fall programs scheduled to start after Aug. 10 have been canceled.

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