Tall Ships America members provide interesting and accessible programming throughout the year when under sail or at the dock. Not even the SARS COV2 pandemic can keep this creative community from engaging people with sail training, tall ships and educational resources. With outreach now available online, members are able to engage people from around the world with their programs and unique vessels. Browse through programs below to learn more about the ships, the people, and the history of America’s traditional sailing community.

World Ocean School at Home and Roseway Dockside

While they won’t be sailing with students aboard Roseway this season, World Ocean School is welcoming families to break away from their screens and get onboard Roseway as she sits dockside. Lessons tailored to each group will keep everyone eager to sail when the time comes again. Visit Roseway Dockside to find out more.

World Ocean School is also bringing learning home to students. Crew members have taken some of their favorite onboard lessons and created a series of fun, engaging virtual lessons and activities that can be done wherever you can imagine sailing on a wooden ship with a salty breeze on your skin. Visit World Ocean School at Home to find out more.

Sultana Education Foundation: Virtual Classroom

Sultana Education Foundation’s Virtual Classroom is an online resource for parents, students, and teachers seeking additional support for home-based learning.  The Virtual Classroom features lesson plans drawn from Sultana’s existing Maryland State Department of Education curricula; each with an informative video, written instructional content with comprehension questions, and links to additional resources. Through Virtual Classroom Live!, teachers and youth group leaders can even schedule real-time virtual field trips. Visit to find out more.


Tall ships are a part of our shared human history, and everyone knows that sailors tell the best stories. Join Erin Short of Tall Ships America as she discovers the people behind these iconic vessels and what it truly means to be a traditional sailor in a modern world. Every month, we sit down and get to know each other over a pint of beer or a cup of tea. Sea stories, inspiration, and a little bit of everything else.

Just no shanties, please. 

Season 1

Episode 7 – We are not a vacation destination: Joe Lengieza aboard U.S. Brig Niagara

Listen in on Erin’s quiet conversation with Joe Lengieza of the U.S. Brig Niagara in Erie, Pennsylvania ( We start in the fields of Ohio, head to Europe (twice), and meander our way back to Pennsylvania. Along the way we talk about what life is like aboard Niagara, mid-Atlantic doldrums, and what U.S.S. Constellation smells like. Ships mentioned in this episode: U.S.S. Constellation, U.S.S. Constitution, Highlander Sea, Pride of Baltimore II

Episode 6 – I Love Rowdy Science! Captain Rachael Miller with Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean

Join Erin as she learns everything there is to know about microplastics and marine debris with Captain Rachael Miller, co-founder of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean (, captain aboard American Promise and founder/CEO of the Cora Ball ( We dive into Rachael’s research, her passion for the ocean, a top-hat wearing ROV, and a deeply disturbing fact about beer. Ships mentioned in this episode: Adventuress, AJ Meerwald, Tole Mour, Westward and Sea Education Association.

This was recorded back in April and was the second interview we conducted due to technical issues the first time around. This interview has been edited to include both conversations.

Episode 5 – I’m a bit of a romantic: Corey Roy aboard Schooner Virginia

Join Erin as she gets to know Corey Roy with Schooner Virginia and the Nauticus Foundation in Norfolk, VA. From small boats in the middle of Oregon to tall ships in Virginia, Corey shares his journey to first mate aboard Virginia. We talk about the romance of sailing and adventure, have really nice things to say about the volunteers, and be sure to listen for the lame Total Recall joke. Ships mentioned in this episode: Alliance, American Rover, Lynx, Norfolk Rebel.

Episode 4 – I’m a pollywog: Captain Jen Haddock with SEA

Join Erin as she chats it up with Captain Jen Haddock with Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA. We journey through Jen’s career as she recounts her start in the tall ships world . . . washing dishes. We talk about sporty weather in New Zealand, the joy of a really big salad and crossing the equator for the first time. Mentioned in this episode: Corwith Cramer, Robert C. Seamans, Ocean Star, Westward, Bowdoin, and Hurricane Island Outward Bound.

Episode 3 – We Protest and We Burn Stuff: The Gaspee Affair with Nic Hardisty and Shane Allen

America has a centuries-old tradition of radical protests and on this episode, historian and Tall Ships America program coordinator Nic Hardisty and historian Shane Allen discuss one of the earliest ones- the 1772 burning of the HMS Gaspee. We’ve got tall ships, smuggling, a chase through Narragansett Bay, and an uncomfortable musket shot!

Episode 2 – A Little Bathtubby: Captain Mike Fiorentino aboard Schooner Sultana

Join Erin as she chats with Mike Fiorentino, captain aboard Schooner Sultana in Chestertown, Maryland. They discuss sailing to Antarctica, the summer of short shorts, and Sultana’s weird sail plan. Mentioned in this episode: Europa, Pride of Baltimore II, Rock the Boat, Living Classroom Foundation, International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), South Street Seaport Museum.

Episode 1 – Tea Sets for Elves: Ian Bova aboard U.S. Brig Niagara

It’s our first episode! Erin chats with Ian Bova, head cook aboard U.S. Brig Niagara in Erie, Pennsylvania ( They talk about the unifying nature of Taco Tuesday, the Dutch love of chocolate sprinkles, and tea sets for elves. Ships mentioned in this episode: Nina and Pinta, Lettie G. Howard, Oosterschelde, Blue Clipper and Draken Harald Hårfagre.

Trailer – April 8, 2020 – Talking Ship: Meet Erin Short and A Barque, a Brig, and a Schooner . . .

We love tall ships! We love talking about them, we love being around them, and we love talking to people who sail them. So, while life has slowed down a wee bit during self-quarantining, Tall Ships America’s Erin Short decided that this would be the perfect time to call up some sailor friends and talk ship.  Just, please, no shanties.


Links to and highlights maritime news, laws and regulations.




Focuses on the festivals, races and port events that take place every year.




Highlights our Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, including details on sessions and speakers, presentations and handouts, logistics, venue information and much more.


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