Black Dog Tall Ships

All aboard the Schooner Alabama to learn about the rich maritime history of Martha’s Vineyard! This ship is not a replica, but rather a design of Thomas F. McManus, a man widely regarded as the best designer of all the Gloucester fishing schooners. Captain Robert S. Douglas was a jet fighter pilot for the Air Force from 1956 to 58, retiring with the rank of Captain. He first became involved with boats summering and sailing on Martha’s Vineyard as a youth. This formed the basis of Black Dog Tall Ships, to bring residents the experience of sailing a ship.

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Boat Excursion Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Did you know a boat can be built out of concrete and it will still float? As long as the boat is lighter than the water it displaces, it will stay above water. And what makes a boat move through the water? Throughout history, boats have been powered by wind, propellers, oars, motors, paddles, and ocean and river currents. Sailboats, which have been around for 5,000 years, can reach speeds of over 47 knots (about 54 mph) from wind power alone!

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Black Dog Tall Ships

All aboard the Schooner Alabama to learn about the rich maritime history of Martha’s Vineyard! This ship is not a replica, but rather a design of Thomas F. McManus, a man widely regarded as the best designer of all the Gloucester fishing schooners. Captain Robert S. Douglas was a jet fighter pilot for the Air Force from 1956 to 58, retiring with the rank of Captain. He first became involved with boats summering and sailing on Martha’s Vineyard as a youth. This formed the basis of Black Dog Tall Ships, to bring residents the experience of sailing a ship.

contact info

Hrs: By appt.

Boat Excursion Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Did you know a boat can be built out of concrete and it will still float? As long as the boat is lighter than the water it displaces, it will stay above water. And what makes a boat move through the water? Throughout history, boats have been powered by wind, propellers, oars, motors, paddles, and ocean and river currents. Sailboats, which have been around for 5,000 years, can reach speeds of over 47 knots (about 54 mph) from wind power alone!

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