New Jersey’s Tall Ship in Beach Haven July 17-22

Jul 04, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

The Bayshore Center at Bivalve, in partnership with the New Jersey Maritime Museum, announces the visit of New Jersey’s Tall Ship, the A. J. Meerwald, to Beach Haven beginning  July 17 through Sunday, July 22 at Black Whale Dock at Centre Street and the bay in Beach Haven.

Celebrating its 90th birthday, the Meerwald will have public sails which are normally 2 hours in length and offer interactive and exciting experiences for all ages. There will be several sails geared for children, including a book reading of The Greatest Captain in the World, which was authored by Capt. Johann Steinke.

The maritime museum will be on board for two history talks led by authors and historians Gretchen F. Coyle and Deborah Whitcraft on local and regional maritime history. One talk will be on their book Inferno at Sea: Stories of Death and Survival Aboard the Morro Castle. Dock space for the tall ship's stay has been donated by the Black Whale Bar and Fish House and Parker's Garage and Oyster Saloon.

Launched in 1928, the Meerwald was one of hundreds of schooners built along South Jersey’s Delaware Bay shore before the decline of the shipbuilding industry, which coincided with the Great Depression. Today, the vessel is owned and operated by the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, a nonprofit organization dedicated to motivating people to take care of the history, culture and environment of New Jersey’s bayshore region through education and preservation and example. The A.J. Meerwald is currently used as a hands-on sailing classroom throughout the area.

The public sail schedule begins with Sailor for a Day Camp for children 10 to 16 years old; it will be held Wednesday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program about the Morro Castle begins at 6.

Kids’ sails are planned Thursday, July 19, at 1:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday, July 20 to 22, at 10 a.m. General public sails are scheduled at 6 p.m. July 19 to July 22, with an additional 1:30 sail July 20 and July 22.

A special maritime history sail is planned July 21 at 1:30 p.m. The final event is a wine and cheese sail July 22, at 6 p.m.

Tickets range from $15 to $40 and can be purchased by calling 856-785-2060, extension 102, or by logging onto bayshorecenter.org. —E.E.

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