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Sail Aboard the AJ Meerwald

The A.J. Meerwald is a restored dredging oyster schooner that will sail expeditions out of Cape May for a brief time.

From the Delaware River Bay Authority

The tall ship A.J. Meerwald is coming to Cape May on Wednesday, June 26th, 2024! New Jersey’s official Tall Ship, A.J. Meerwald will have two official port stops in Cape May this summer. She will sail from the Cape May Ferry Terminal, in partnership with the Delaware River & Bay Authority. The first visit will be from Wednesday, June 26 – Sunday July 7. She will return August 2 and offer public sailing and programming through September 12.

Come set sail aboard a historic wooden, traditionally rigged tall ship. These 2-hour sails are a wonderful way to experience local waterways and spend time with family and friends. Passengers can help the crew hoist the sails or simply relax and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

From June 26 to July 7, 2024, A.J. Meerwald will be sailing from the Cape May Ferry Terminal through a partnership with the Delaware River & Bay Authority.  Sails times are available Wednesday through Sunday departing at 10:45 a.m, 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. Charters and Education Sails for non-profit groups are available.

Sails are two hours in duration, departing from the ferry terminal and sailing out to the Delaware Bay. The 2-hour afternoon and evening sails will cruise along the scenic Delaware Bay, with views of the Cape May Lighthouse. Sails will head out the Cape May Canal into the Delaware Bay and head east to the lighthouse and/or west towards West Cape Bay. Beach goers should be able to see the boat sail by from Delaware Bay the beaches in West Cape May. The 2-hour Wednesday & Saturday morning sailings will be environmental educational ones, with discounted tickets for kids. All passengers are welcome to bring their own food & drinks aboard for the sail. The current sailing schedule and tickets can be found at www.bayshorecenter.org/our-ship/public-sails.

About A.J. Meerwald:

The schooner A.J. Meerwald is a restored oyster dredging schooner from Bivalve, New Jersey. Launched in 1928, A.J. Meerwald embodies the true spirit of the schooner, adapted to efficiently fulfill the prevailing conditions and specific demands of her native waters. A.J. Meerwald was one of nearly five hundred schooners built along the Delaware Bay before the decline of the local shipbuilding industry in the 1930s. One hundred years later, there are only a handful of converted schooners still harvesting oysters.

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