Kitsap Maritime offers two different educational programs that are designed to complement what students learn about 18th century global trade and exploration in their history class.
The first program we offer is a One-Hour Dockside program where the students are onboard for approximately an hour rotating through three learning stations.
The second program is a Three-Hour Sailing program where the ships leave the dock and sail for three hours while the students engage in an interactive educational adventure, also rotating through the three learning stations.
The following explains what the students will experience in the learning stations onboard:
Life of a Sailor Station: This station is dedicated to experiencing the life and work of the common sailors back in the 18th century. As this station the students will discuss who they were, why they did the work and have a chance to experience the various duties of the sailors. They will help the crew work with the lines while they raise and lower one of the sails and also see examples of authentic sailor food.
History Station: This station is located below deck and is where the reason for the voyage lies. The students will be guided through a global trade cycle involving Spanish, American, Native American, Chinese and English cultures and economies. The students will be able to handle replicas of trade artifacts as they explore the business of the world economy.
Navigation Station: This station is on the Stern or Quarter Deck. Here the students will experience the tools and skills of navigating a 200 year old sailing ship. They will have the opportunity to operate the helm, perform traditional navigational calculations, and explore the lives of the officers in contrast to the lives of the sailors.