Sail A Tall Ship
A Tall Ship Sailing Adventure
Have you ever dreamed of sailing on a tall ship?
This site is a directory of tall ships around the world that you can sail on as a trainee crew member. Many of these tall ships are also available for charter cruises.
Each sail training ship is listed with pictures and a website link for you to find more information and begin planning your tall ship sailing adventure.
There are even specially built tall ships for people with physical challenges to sail.
What's A Tall Ship?
A Tall Ship is a wind powered ship with tall masts. The term typically refers to large sailing vessels that were the warships, freighters and ocean liners of their day before the use of modern engines.
A tall ship does not have to be built entirely of wood. Most tall ships built in the late 19th and early 20th century had wrought iron or steel hulls and masts.
Tall ships are classified according to their rig (the number of masts and configuration of the sails). The basic rigs include full rigged ship, brig, barque, brigantine and barquentine. Here's a full list of sailing ship rig definitions.
Barque Picton Castle
Home Port: Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Canada
During her lifetime, the Picton Castle has served as a fishing trawler, minesweeper, freighter and schoolroom. The ship's home port is Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, but spends most of her time sailing the seas with up to 40 trainees at a time.
She also starred as the pirate ship in CBS' reality TV show Pirate Master.
Home Port: Kristiansand, Norway
The full-rigged ship Sorlandet was launched as a training ship in 1927 in Kristiansand, Norway. In 1933, she had the honor of serving as the Norwegian pavilion at the World Fair in Chicago after making her first Atlantic crossing.
The Sorlandet can accommodate up to 70 trainees during the summer months and is also available for charter cruises.
Home Port: The Hague, Netherlands
A three masted barque, the Europa was built in 1911 and fully restored in 1994. Carrying a crew of 14 professionals and 48 voyage crew members (trainees), she spends most of the year at sea but is also available for day trips and charters.
Life Aboard A Tall Ship
Read and learn more about life sailing a tall ship before you sign up.
A collection of true first hand experiences woven together as a voyage around the world.
Documents the first hand experience of an apprentice on one of the last commercial voyages of a square-rigger.
Home Port: Oslo, Norway
The Norwegian Christian Radich was built in 1937 to serve as a training ship. Her amazing history includes setting speed records crossing the Atlantic, being sunk during World War II and starring in the 1955 movie, "Windjammer". She takes on trainees and charters.
Picton Castle Video
Tall Ship Documentaries
Sail the Great Lakes aboard the Picton Castle.
US Brig Niagara
Home Port: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
The original Niagara was built in 1813 during the War of 1812. Under the command of Commodore Perry, she was a key part of the American victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. This replica was built in 1988 and includes some of the timbers from the original ship. She serves as a Sailing School Vessel during the summer and can be toured at the Erie Maritime Museum the rest of the year.
Home Port: Bergen, Norway
Built in 1914 as a German merchant marine training ship, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a three masted barque that was acquired by Norway after World War I. She takes on trainees and chartered mini-cruises.
Books About Tall Ships
Authored by the founding president of Sail Training International, this book features beautiful photography and details of over 100 tall ships around the world. It also explores life aboard and the history of these great ships.
People Of All Physical Abilities Can Sail!
Thousands of people with a wide variety of disabilities including blindness, paraplegia and multiple sclerosis have sailed a tall ship with the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST). The JST is a registered charity that owns and operates Lord Nelson and Tenacious, the only two tall ships in the world designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals.
Their ships sail the coasts of Europe, the Canary Islands, and participate in international tall ship races. Whether out for a day sail or a month long cruise on one of these ships, everyone who sails becomes part of the crew regardless of ability.
Home Port: Southampton, UK
She is a three masted barque that sails from Southampton, UK, for day sails and longer voyages.
Sail Training Organizations
- Sail Training International (STI)
Sail Training International is a UK based nonprofit organization with worldwide membership and activities. Their mission is the development and education of young people from all nationalities, cultures, religions and social backgrounds through sail
- The American Sail Training Association (ASTA)
A nonprofit organization focused on youth education, leadership development and the preservation of the maritime heritage of North America. This organization also organizes the annual TALL SHIPS CHALLENGEÂ® race series.
Home Port: Fremantle, Australia
The Leeuwin II is a three masted barquentine that sails out of Fremantle, Western Australia. She sails primarily along the Western Australian coastline.
In addition to sail training, Leeuwin II offers day sails, brunch sails, school field trips and private charters. You can even book your voyage online.
Pride of Baltimore II
Home Port: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
The Pride of Baltimore II is a reproduction of an 1812-era Clipper privateer. She sails as a goodwill ambassador of the State of Maryland. You can sail as a guest crew member for cruises from three days up to two weeks or more.
The First Pride of Baltimore
The original Pride of Baltimore was built in 1976 and sank during a storm in 1986 returning from a 2 year voyage to Europe. Four of her crew were lost.
This book documents the construction of the ship, the tragic ending of her final voyage and the efforts of her crew to survive.
S/V Denis Sullivan
Home Port: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
The Denis Sullivan is a reproduction of a 19th century Great Lakes cargo schooner. She serves today as a scientific education and nautical training vessel. You can join her crew for day sails on the Great Lakes or sign up for one of her educational expeditions.
Other Recommended Tall Ship Sites
- Tour A Tall Ship
This site contains information on tall ships around the world that are open for the public to tour. It focuses on ships that are primarily stationary exhibits, but some do set sail occasionally.
- Tall Ship Tracking Map
This very cool website maps the location of several tall ships as they sail across the globe using weather and ham radio reports. It also provides the ability to plot each ship's course over time.
- Sail Training International - Events
Each year Sail Training International organizes several tall ship races. Thanks to Bruno Girin for providing the link! Check out his awesome tall ship photos.
If you don't have time to spend at sea, take a tour of a historic ship in port. Below are directories of different types of museum ships that you can tour.
Tour A Battleship
Battleships were once the most fearsome warships that sailed the seas. Today there are none left in commission but a handful of battleships remain preserved...
Tour An Aircraft Carrier
Few classes of warship changed the way naval battles are fought more than the aircraft carrier. Touring an aircraft carrier is a thrilling experience that gives...
Tour A Submarine
Stealthy and deadly, submarines have become a key element of naval warfare since World War I. Sailing these underwater ninjas requires a unique breed of sailor...
Tour A Tall Ship
Ahoy! Here you'll find information on tall ships around the world that are open for the public to tour. All ships are grouped by region of the world...
Tall Ship Photo Credits
Except where otherwise noted, the tall ship photos on this site are used under Creative Commons from their respective owners.
Dar Mlodziezy used under Creative Commons from Bruno Girin.
Picton Castle used under Creative Commons from joannapoe.
Sorlandet used under Creative Commons from savagecat.
Europa used under Creative Commons from joannapoe.
Christian Radich used under Creative Commons from EnDumEn.
Tall Ship Niagara used under Creative Commons from ronnie44052.
Statsraad Lehmkuhl - Hoisting the Royal Yard used under Creative Commons from Bruno Girin.
Leeuwin II used by permission of CarlosEOS30D.
Wheelchair in Rigging used by permission of Jubilee Sailing Trust.
Lord Nelson used by permission of Jubilee Sailing Trust.
Tenacious used by permission of Jubilee Sailing Trust.
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