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Adventures at Sea in the 18th Century

from Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

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Join us aboard one of our authentic, replica tea ships to learn about the life of a sailor on the high seas. Your class will be invited above and below decks on board a wooden merchant ship where they will discover the adventure of sailing across the ocean in the eighteenth century!

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Point to Point: $250.00
Point to Point Premium: $225.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Minimum participants:

No Minimum

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 50 students.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

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Booking Information

Program available between September and April

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Written notice of cancellation must be received by BTPS&M at least 15 calendar days prior to the scheduled tour date in order to receive a full refund of all payments received by BTPS&M.

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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston, MA
United States

At the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum you can be a part of the famous event that forever changed the course of American history! Historical interpreters, interactive exhibits, full-scale restored 18th Century sailing vessels and historic artifacts are just a taste of what you will experience during your visit.

Paul Lurie

Program Details


1) Prior to the Virtual Tour, teachers will receive worksheets for their students. These “logbook” worksheets will serve as a way for students to keep track of ship vocabulary that we will use during the tour and will help to reinforce the knowledge they will learn outside of the bounds of the classroom.
2) The students will be asked to choose a profession: sailor, ship captain, or merchant. This profession will guide the way they interact with the experience.
3) Guided by two characters the students will explore the Brig Beaver, one of our two replica 18th century ships, and learn about what life as a sailor, ship captain, and merchant was like.
4) Using the ship as a guide, students will learn ship terminology like, directions on the deck of a ship, the tools of the trade, navigational tools, and food.
5) Students will have a chance to help out with tasks on the ship from the comfort of their classroom.
6) At the end of the experience the students will be quizzed on their nautical knowledge, using their logbooks, to see if they are fit to join the crew.


- Learn what nautical life was like in the 18th century from a few different viewpoints:
o From the sailor’s perspective, they will learn what the work on the ship was like and about a typical voyage for a sailor.
o From the ship’s captain perspective, they will learn how to run a voyage and what it takes to navigate a ship across the ocean.
o From the merchant’s perspective, they will learn the importance of selecting the right cargo and how the law affected their trade.
- Engage in some of the daily tasks of a sailor like hauling an anchor, using sails, navigating, and ringing the watch bells.
- Explore all the parts of an 18th century sailing vessel from bow to stern and even down into the hold.