was an eventful year for the Providence. It started much earlier than usual with a frigid and exciting departure from Narragansett Bay in the middle of January during a severe cold snap. This started a long journey to the West Indies via Bayou La Batre, Alabama for a frantic and complete rerigging. The Bayou was leveled by Hurricane Katrina some months later, and we hope for a quick recovery there and along the rest of the Gulf coast.
The Sloop returned to Narragansett Bay from its odyssey on May 15th and began a recovery of her own. After 18 months on the hard, she had ventured over 6,000 miles and returned to pass her Coast Guard inspection thanks to much hard work by crew and volunteers. She was now ready to take students on board for the sail training experience.
Her first mission was with a great group of boys from the Kipp's Bay Boy's and Girl's Club. They sailed from Oyster Bay to Greenport, Long Island. This fantastic group consisted of 14 to 17 year old boys who taught us as much as we taught them. It was the best trip I've had ever experienced on board.
Upon our return to Narragansett Bay, the Sloop carried local school children out for the Sloop's "Classroom Under Sail" program. She was also involved in the "Battle of Narragansett Bay" which took place off the Providence Piers at the first annual Maritime Heritage Festival in Providence, RI. The battle was also met by the HMS Bounty, the Brandaris, "The Free Men of the Sea" and the Pawtuxet Rangers. All fought bravely, the pirates were defeated, and the many visitors enjoyed a great show.
The Providence’s volunteer program, still in its infancy, made a good showing this season. We thank all involved. We couldn't have done it without you and hope to see you all in the coming season. Next season holds great promise with much needed repairs being planned for the ship and a trip to the Great Lakes for the Tall Ship's Challenge in the summer. Stay tuned for exciting developments!
Captain Steven Brown
Continental Sloop Providence
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