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‘Sultana’ to visit Deltaville next week

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The schooner “Sultana”

Sultana Projects of Chestertown, Maryland, has announced plans for the schooner “Sultana” to visit Deltaville and Fishing Bay Yacht Club from June 16-19.

There will be a free, open house on “Sultana” at the yacht club on Wednesday, June 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. during which the public will be invited to board and tour the vessel.

The ship’s visit to Deltaville is being hosted by Fishing Bay Yacht Club and the Deltaville Maritime Museum.

Built in Chestertown, Md., and launched in 2001, “Sultana” is a reproduction of a vessel of the same name built in Boston, Mass., in 1767 and used by the Royal Navy to enforce the hated “Tea Taxes” in the years leading up to the American Revolution. The original “Sultana” spent 1769 and 1770 patrolling the waters of the Southern Chesapeake Bay, including the vicinity of what is now Deltaville. In perhaps her most famous exploit on the Chesapeake, “Sultana” spent an evening at Mount Vernon where the captain and master dined with the future general and president.

The new “Sultana” was constructed using lines and scantlings recorded by the Royal Navy in June 1768 and is considered to be one of the most accurate 18th-century reproduction sailing vessels in the world.

Sultana Projects is no stranger to Deltaville. In August 2007, Sultana Projects partnered with the Deltaville Maritime Museum, the Deltaville Community Association and Fishing Bay Yacht Club to organize the “Shallop Rendezvous,” as part of the 400th anniversary of John Smith’s 1608 voyage.

For more information about “Sultana” and Sultana Projects, visit http://www.sultanaprojects.org.

posted 06.11.2009

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