A series of six presentations aboard USS Constellation and/or USCGC Taney combine shipboard hands-on activities and reinforce reading and listening skills in support of Maryland Voluntary State Curricula.
Our half-day programs provide an immersive hands-on historic experience with a twenty-first century applicability that encourages team-work, problem solving, and learning. Historic Ships in Baltimore's Day Programs offer groups a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of sailors and learn about life aboard a mid-19th century warship, USS Constellation, and the only ship still afloat that survived the Japanese December 7, 1941, attack on Hawaii, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney.
Each program provides introductory ship tours, after which students focus on two of six particular areas of the ship and begin to develop a more specialized vocabulary and skill set. At the end of their 2 ½-hour program, learning is reinforced in a written exercise and assessment. Assessment results are forwarded to the teacher. Each program provides a uniquely different approach toward reading and listening development and reinforcement, and involve hands-on activities, fun. Programs aboard USS Constellation culminate with a live-firing of one of the ship’s cannon.
Division One: “Blowin in the Wind.” Did you know that sailing ships can move in directions that the wind is not blowing? How is that? Come aboard and brace the yards! Then, learn the language of the sea and how great sailing ships move across the oceans. (Available Only aboard USS Constellation)
Division Two: “Heave ‘round!”
Did you know that as few as 80 sailors could move the ship through the water even if the wind was not blowing? How can that be? Come aboard and heave the capstan ‘round. Find out how the anchors are hauled off the sea bed and how the 7,500 pound cannon were brought aboard. (Available Only aboard USS Constellation)
Division Three: “Man the Guns!” Constellation’s great guns required a crew of 14 sailors and one “powder monkey.” Students step on to the gun deck where they learn to operate the huge cannon. After learning the language and the basic skills of the gun deck, students demonstrate their mastery in gun drill races. (Available Only aboard USS Constellation)
Division Four: “The Buoyancy Challenge.” A lot needs to be considered when designing a sailing boat. Students learn about the forces that work against any vessel as they design and build their own boats that float. Using aluminum foil, paper, and popsicle sticks, students create boats that float, and they compete to see whose boat can carry the most cargo. (Available on either ship)
Division Five: “Fix the Ship.” Who fixes the ship? Once out at sea, the crew was responsible for the safety and maintenance of the ship. Students will learn how sailors handled shipboard emergencies. This exercise encourages students to work together in small groups as they reinforce a bulkhead to fix a leak. (Available only aboard USCSC Taney)
Division Six: “Send a Code.” How do ships communicate at sea? Even without the use of radios, ships can send messages. Students discuss modern communication before learning about semaphore and Morse code. Find out how to flash a signal! (Available only aboard USCSC Taney)
Conveniently located in Baltimore's historic and picturesque Inner Harbor and a stone's throw from the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Harbor Place, and the Civil War Museum
Program availability: 5 days a week, Monday-Friday, September-June
Morning session runs from 9:30AM-12:00PM, Afternoon session runs from 12:30PM-3:00PM
Includes two presentations consisting of a 2 ½ hour morning or afternoon session
Cost (Baltimore City Schools only): $100 for a group of up to 30 students; teachers included in price; a nonrefundable deposit of 20% of the program's total cost is required to confirm date; grants are currently available for transportation costs. No refund within 30 days prior to a program.
Cost: $300 for a groups of up to 30 students; teachers included in price; a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the program's total cost is required to confirm date. Balance due 30 days prior to program. No refunds within 30 days of a program.
For more information, or to make reservations, please contact:
Sarah Rauscher – Education Coordinator
Historic Ships in Baltimore
Pier 1, 301 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3110