If you are in high school, it's time for a 1-week summer tall ship adventure! With a variety of dates and vessels to choose from, we'll help you find the ideal way to go to sea and build leadership skills that will stay with you the rest of your life.

Designed for students ages 14-18--no previous experience required--you will learn to steer, navigate, and handle sail as Mainers have done for generations.  You will learn teamwork, leadership and practical skills, all while taking care of your ship, your shipmates, and yourself.  And a 1 week tall ship adventure earns you high school elective credit through a collaboration with your high school and Falmouth High. (Ask us for details.)


Built in 1893, the iconic Lettie G. Howard has gone from fishing schooner to sailing school vessel as one of the fleet of the famous South Street Seaport Museum in New York City.  This summer, she will be sailing to Maine to give local teens the same experience that thousands of other students have had in her home waters.



Built in Wiscasset, Maine in 1939 for General George S. Patton, he had intended to sail her around the world once the war ended.  Now she is bound north to Quebec to take part in the international tall ship gathering Rendezvous 2017, and Tall Ships Portland has arranged for two legs of the voyage to be available to Maine youth through the beautiful Canadian Maritimes.  A valid passport will be required.



There are few tall ships in the world that are run as traditionally - and as well - as the U.S. Brig Niagara in Erie, Pennsylvania. A replica of the relief flagship of Oliver Hazard Perry, she operates top-notch educational programs for all ages, and has collaborated with Tall Ships Portland to extend the same opportunities to Maine teens. The Captain and several crew are graduates of Maine Maritime Academy, and work closely with the institution to further maritime careers.


Photo by Onne van der Waal 2015

Photo by Onne van der Waal 2015

The Oliver Hazard Perry is no stranger to Maine nor Mainers, having taken part in the 2015 Tall Ships Portland festival and carried 7 local students on a week-long passage in 2016 to Newport, RI. This year, she is bound to the Northwest passage after receiving at $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the rapidly changing conditions up north. Although working primarily with URI and other educational institutions, there are several open spaces for high-school students on a passage from Lunenburg, NS to St. Johns, Newfoundland. This is a voyage that would be the perfect "next step" for a returning TSP sail trainee. 

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