History Monday Sunset Sails

Historic Annapolis Skyline when sailing on Schooner WoodwindSunset Sails & History, aboard a 74-foot, classic wooden schooner, Woodwind.

The Woodwinds features a History-slanted sunset sail every Monday night. When you set sail from downtown Annapolis, you see the gorgeous historic skyline that has welcomed ships in for centuries.  We sail past the United States naval Academy and into the Chesapeake Bay. Come listen to the stories that make up the fabric of history in this terrific town.  Topics change weekly.

Maryland Statehouse as seen from sailing on Woodwind

Schedule for  History Mondays:

Monday, May 12: A Tale of Two Cities: United States Naval Academy & Annapolis, Janet Williman

Since 1845, the history of the United States Naval Academy and the town of Annapolis has been interwoven.  Both have fascinating individual histories, yet both are very dependent upon each other.  View the two cities from their best vantage point—the water—as you hear their tales.

Monday, May 19: “On this date in history …”, Diane Rey

Meet Anne Catharine Green, Colonial Annapolis’ pioneering newspaper publisher, and get the “scoop” on what was happening in town in the run-up to the Revolution. Imagine what life was like for a working mother of the 18th century who helped sow the seeds for independence while running a busy household.

Monday, May 26: Colonial Taverns, Rod Cofield, Executive Director of Historic London Town & Gardens

Learn about the seamier side of life during the colonial period. Drawing from the 18th century records, Rod will highlight some of the drunken revelry, gambling, and fighting that occurred in area taverns. 

Monday, June 2: History of the Chesapeake Bay, Sam Eckert

Discover the Chesapeake with life long resident Sam Eckert as we look into our past to find a brighter future.  Learn about the Chesapeake Bay’s history including from how it was formed, to the voyage of Captain John Smith and the bay he knew and loved, to the vitality of the bay today.

Schooner Woodwind IIMonday, June 9: Colonial Travel, Rod Cofield, Executive Director of Historic London Town & Gardens

Getting from here to there during the colonial period was not always easy. Rod Cofield will discuss some of the more challenging aspects of travel during this time.

Monday, June 16: Schooner AMERICA and Annapolis, David Gendell

The legendary Schooner America logged a charmed and checkered history that brought her from the famous 1851 race in England to service as a Confederate Blockade Runner to decades as a beloved private yacht. Yet 90 years after her historic victory she ended up in ruins on the shores of Spa Creek while the extraordinary wartime boat-building of the Annapolis Yacht Yard swirled around her. SpinSheet Magazine co-founder David Gendell has spent years researching the history and mystery of the schooner and her final days in Annapolis. His presentation includes a look at Annapolis and the Naval Academy’s role in World War 2. 

Skipjack, Stanley Norman

Skipjack, Stanley Norman, over 100 years old!

Monday, June 23: Oysters and the Oyster Wars, Sherri Marsh

Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay are a hot commodity-sometimes called “black gold.” An industry that supplied half of the world’s oysters in the 1880′s, Chesapeake Bay oyster beds have been the subject of violent-and sometimes deadly-disputes between oyster pirates, legal watermen, and authorities from 1860 to 1960. Smith Island native, Sherri Marsh Johns, relates the fascinating history, battles, and lifestyle surrounding the unassuming, non-mobile, bi-valve, which may be the key to a healthy bay.

Monday, June 30: History of Greenbury Point, Janet Williman






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