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Captain Awaits the New Crew Aboard the Pilgrim

The boat in Dana Point Harbor serves as a floating classroom to more than 16,000 students a year.

The Pilgrim is more than just a tall ship. It's a special place where people of all ages go to learn about history.

The original Pilgrim was built in 1825.   

Today's Pilgrim was built in Denmark in 1945 and entered Dana Point Harbor in September 1981, destined to become the Ocean Institute's largest classroom. It's visited by more than 16,000 students a year.

"Pilgrim does have an engine.  We take her out generally once per year on her annual sail training and 'goodwill' voyage with her crew of volunteers," said Ocean Institute maritime director Karen Vardaman.  "The rest of the year she is hosting students for our dockside living-history programs.  Our other tall ship, Spirit of Dana Point, goes out year-round for school programs and private charters."

Debbie L. Sklar June 08, 2011 at 06:17 AM
Great photos that capture the Pilgrim beautifully, take a look.
pogo art (Gary) June 08, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Well barton you have a patch there. Hear the Smyrna/vinings patch right out of Atlanta most people read it every day. You can keep up with what is going on in our area. Your patch story is a very interesting one. Thanks
Barton Mac Leod June 08, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Thanks Gary. I thought the black and white was fitting for the times ...

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