Schooner Rendezvous brings historic ships to Cambridge Oct. 23-25

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CAMBRIDGE — Schooners and other historic vessels will head to Cambridge for the Tenth Annual Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous Oct. 23-25. While they’re docked at Long Wharf, the ships will put out their gangplanks and invite the public aboard for tours and day sails.

At this time, numbers of schooners have confirmed their participation including, Mystic Whaler,, Lady Maryland, Martha White, and Prom Queen. Several other vessels will also join in the festivities, including Jolly Dolphin, a schooner built by Jim Richardson, and Isa Lei, a ketch.

Vessels begin arriving Oct. 22. On Oct. 23, the Mystic Whaler will conduct an educational program for local youth and students from Dorchester County; the vessel under full sail on the Choptank River would be their classroom, weather permitting.

On Saturday and Sunday, day sails and dockside tours happen from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., along with live entertainment, food, vendors, family-friendly activities, walking tours of Cambridge’s historic High Street, and the Vigilant Crew encampment. Admission is free; each ship sets admission prices for tours and sails. A complimentary taxi will be operating between the Hyatt and Long Wharf Park.

The action takes place on the banks of the Choptank River at Long Wharf, near the intersection of High and Water Streets in Cambridge. There’s plenty of free parking, and the shops and restaurants of historic downtown Cambridge are a short walk away.

Cambridge, Maryland’s second deepest harbor (after Baltimore), is an ideal location for the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous, which honors the past lifestyles and traditions of these vessels that not only worked the Bay and its tributaries but engaged in trade as far away as South America and the Caribbean. For more information contact 410-221-1871 or www.cambridgeschoonerrendezvous.com.

“This is a unique opportunity to see these majestic ships up close,” said Jane Devlin, chair of the 2015 Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous. “We welcome all to join us at the Rendezvous this year to celebrate and learn more about our maritime past, as well as our future possibilities as a waterfront town.”

For more information, go to www.CambridgeSchoonerRendezvous.com.

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