USCG Certification

Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)


Starbound is a magnificent 72-foot wooden sailing ship built in 1950 based on Joshua Slocum’s 36-foot Spray, made famous by completing the world’s first solo circumnavigation in 1898.

She has an adventure-filled history, having twice sailed around the world, and was once owned by the famed singer and actor Burl Ives. She is owned by S.A.L.T.Y – Seamanship and Leadership Training for Youths, a non-profit 501c3 organization.

It’s mission is to provide seamanship and leadership training though hands-on experience to young men and women ages 14-21 aboard sailing vessels as they explore the sea and discover themselves in some of America’s most historical and beautiful sailing locations including Narragansett Bay, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Cuttyhunk Islands.

Starbound will serve Sea Scouts, a high adventure group of the Boy Scouts of America and other youth groups including all Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, Y.M.C.A., Ronald McDonald House and Gold Star Teens, an organization that provides experiences for the surviving teens of our military hero’s who died in combat, giving their life for our country. Currently, she is at Wickford Shipyard, undergoing inspection and preparation for a Coast Guard Subchapter T passenger vessel certification.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Square Rigged Ketch
Homeport: East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Sparred Length: 72'
LOA: 72'
LOD: 46'
LWL: 42'
Draft: 6'
Beam: 18'
Rig height: 68'
Freeboard: 5'
Sail Area: 3,260
Tons: 40
Hull: wood


Normal cruising waters: Narraganset Bay, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Block Island (summer), none (winter)
Season: April - November
Built: 1950
Crew: 2
Contact: Capt. Dave Pickering - Chairman
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