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Fri, Nov 18


Ocean Institute

Maritime Living History Adventure - Updated!

A living history adventure alongside an American Revolution tall ship replica offering dockside activities! Rigging, moving cargo, raising 5,000 sq' of sails, furling sails and rowing longboats in the Dana Point Harbor. *Charter approved

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Maritime Living History Adventure - Updated!
Maritime Living History Adventure - Updated!

Time & Location

Nov 18, 2022, 9:15 AM – 2:30 PM

Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA

About the event

*Blueridge Charter Approved

The Spirit of Dana Point is a traditionally built replica of a 1770s privateer schooner used during the American Revolution. These ships were known for their speed and were used for smuggling. The ship is 118 feet long with a rig height of 100 feet… and 5,000 square feet of sail!

This trip is led by the Ocean Institute staff. Students will learn about the mechanics of sailing by completing the rigging challenge, lifting and lowering cargo, and other hands-on activities. Students use their communication, leadership and teamwork skills as they row in Dana Point Harbor and learn the physical and mental challenges of living on a tall ship, aboard the Spirit of Dana Point.

Students learn what life was like for merchant sailors in the 1830s. The experience is based on Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s book, Two Years Before the Mast. In this 5 hour, hands-on living history program students raise sail, tour the ship, move cargo and learn how to furl the sails, while being immersed in the maritime history of the day. Students will be separated into various groups with different roles, where one lead in each group will keep order and work alongside their instructor. Students will be working alongside either the 1st Mate, 2nd Mate, and the Captain as they immerse themselves in the Hide Trade of Alta California.

This is an exciting full-day tour for students grades 4th-10th (recommended but flexible)

Pack a lunch and reusable water bottle

More details to be announced closer to the trip date

Additional Recommended Reading for upper level high school: The Complete Two Years Before the Mast: Illustrated Classic Also available on Audible.


Students are not required to be a part of the Adventure Leaders to participate. 

This is primarily a drop-off event for the students (go out and enjoy Dana Point and Laguna Beach while they make friends and have an incredible time with hands-on learning!). 

Students with special needs that require a parent or 1-1 chaperone, parents/caregivers may purchase a ticket.

Everyone will need a ticket.


Parents want to come? While this opportunity is student-focused  to gain independance and have fun with other students their age, the number of adults is very limited and open only to those parents with children that have special needs. Everyone that attends will need a ticket.

Small groups with a chaperone/coach are welcome as well.


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