All dates and details should be confirmed through the LSCo Hotline 301-390-4089 - note, this is a person's house, please don't call before Eastern Time or after ).
AT hotmail.com for more information on all events
Current voyage schedule (There may be changes due to weather, etc. Watch for updates)
The Sae Hrafn is in the water for the 2018 summer and fall sailing season
Watch for updates
LAUNCH SUCCESSFUL The ship was launched on June 23. She was rigged in July, and the voyage season is underway
Ongoing - HURRICANE WATCH We usually have about a week's warning when forming Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes become potential threats to the Mid-Atlantic coast, before they reach here. If it looks like a storm will heavily affect this area, we will need to take major storm measures with the ship and around the shelter, barn, shed, etc. Watch for updates
Oct 20 work session & sq. rig experimentation Low key work session to make sure all is in good order with the ship and equipment, and finishing square rigging the small power boat for expedient sailing. Time and cinditions permitting, some shakedown sailing might be done close to dock.
Oct 27 - Voyage We hope to get some interested people from contacts made during the Draken visit to DC, so this will be a regular voyage open to such guests/first timers, as well as some others who have expressed interest. As always, it will depend on having sufficient crew and cooperative weather.
Nov 4 - Voyage - tentative This will be a Sunday voyage for those who have trouble getting out on Saturdays, and perhaps there will also be some guests who learned about us at the Draken visit to DC
Nov 17 - Voyage - tentative Although the Fenby event will be going on, if we have enough people who found out about us at the Irish festival and/or the Draken event wanting to come out as guests, we will have an afternon voyage.
Nov 24 - Voyage - tentative
Dec 1 - Voyage and downrigging - tentative
Dec 7 or 8 or 9 or 10 - Haulout The tides are in our favor for haulout this weekend, bad the next weekend, and though good in the 21,22,23,24 period, I doubt anyone will want to do it so close to Christmas and the onset of winter. So, this is the target weekend, and as the time gets nearer we will watch the weather forcasts and see how people's schedules look to choose the exact day. As usual, we will get going early, shuttle the trailer and return vehicles over to the ramp, make the row down the creek to catch the rising tide, haulout, and transport the ship to her winter shelter.
INTERESTED IN COMING ALONG ON A VOYAGE IN 2018?
Our typical voyage is a casual afternoon trip of a few hours, devoted to developing ship handling skills, conducting archeology by experimentation, scouting locations for future filming or other activities, and/or just enjoying the the water, sun, surroundings, wildlife, etc. while getting some great exercise. Those guests physically able to do so are expected to help in rowing and the general operation of the ship as needed. Depending on crew size, the weather, and other conditions, we may go out on the lower Potomac (or Chesapeake or Patuxent - depending where we are docked), or explore some of the nearer and more sheltered estuaries in the area. If you would like to take part in a voyage, we welcome you to come along as a guest -- space and circumstances permitting. Contact us to make arrangements and get the required information. There is no charge. However, donations to the organization are most welcome, and enable us to maintain these unique historical and educational resources here in the mid-Atlantic region.
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Maintaining the ship is critical to the Longship Company, and participating in the work provides as much, or more, historical experience and insight as sailing and rowing on her.
WORK SESSIONS 2018 -- Dates and tasks are tentative depending on the weather.
A big thanks to all of you who came out to work sessions this winter and spring. Though shorthanded, and having dealt with the unfavorable weather of a very cold winter, then a very hot spring, we still managed to get it all done and the ship in the water in June (We were actually ready to launch "in spring" and missed doing so by just 3 days). We still need to do a bit of work on her after we see the effects of the pressure of the water against the hull, but we have her in the water and ready to go. Midseason update: Despite the extreme weather this summer, the ship's below the normal waterline lapstrake joints seem more watertight than usual. Nikki did the lion's share of the unpleasant, messy, crawling around under the ship caulking this year, so everyone owes special thanks to her for doing such a thorough job.
June 1 thru November 30 - Hurricane season standby Should there be credible prediction of a hurricane or tropical storm hitting the region, an emergency work party will be scheduled to secure the ship, the shelter, etc.
Late August or early September Mid-season work session Usually our good intentions to do some mid-season maintenance on the ship end up getting pushed aside. This year though, we are definitely going to: 1. Wet vac out the bilge to remove as much scum growth as possible and prevent a repeat of the heavy build-up we have had by the end of recent seasons. (If this works well, we will do the same again at the end of the season so that the scum does not dry hard and tenacious like paint in the bilge.) 2. Re-oil the thwarts to keep them from weathering as much as they did last year after the heavy, almost black build-up of Deks Olej was removed to reduce the solar heating effect i.e. we don't want to oil too heavily at the beginning of the season, but that means we need to renew the oiling after the worst of the summer sun/heat/rain is over. Update: we vacuumed the bilge a couple months into the season and may do so again. Excessive heat and key members being away in September led to us no re-oiling the thwarts, so we may do that after the weather cools off a bit
Weekends of OCt. 6 and 13 - Draken Harald in DC Some of our members will be circulating in and around the Draken event at the Warf in DC
Oct 20 Some LSCo members will be taking part in VikingCon in Waldorf. Adrian is setting up a Vking camp and coordinating, so contact him for furtehr details
Early November (probably the weekend of the 17th) Fenby A weekend of practicing, teaching, and learning crafts; traditional and modern. Held at Oakley Farm. Some attend for the whole weekend (camping space available), others for a day or even just one particular session. We may ahve a voyage in conjunction with it
Weekend of 9 - 11 November Maryland Irish Festival in Baltimore (Timonium - indoors at the fair grounds) . We had a large educational and living history display set up last year, and they want us to do it again.
All dates and details should be confirmed through the LSCo Hotline 301-390-4089 - note, this is a person's house, please don't call before Eastern Time or after
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All activities of the Longship Co., Ltd., including activities involving the Sae Hrafn or the Gyrfalcon, are at the discretion of the Board of Directors. If you have any questions about specific events contact the person(s) listed above, if you have something for the board, the newsletter, or want more info on joining, please contact the board at the company email box LongshipCo@hotmail.com --- or call the Longship Hotline at 301-390-4089 (Maryland, USA) for more information.
1. All crew (LSCo members and guests) and officers are expected to row if physically possible. Guests MAY be excused from this requirement.
2. Personal Flotation Devices (Life Preservers) are stowed under the thwarts. If you can't swim or are a poor swimmer, we strongly recommend that you wear one. If you are a good swimmer, be sure to keep it at hand. If you are below the age of 13, Maryland law requires that you wear one at all times. If conditions warrant it, you will all be ordered to wear them. The Mate will demonstrate how they are worn.
3. Please feel free to ask questions or request help from any officer or crew member.
4. In addition, we request that you report any danger or unusual occurrences that you may observe. We can't see everything all the time.
5. In the event that someone falls overboard, speed is of the utmost importance and their rescue shall take precedence over everything else. Shout "Man Overboard!" as loudly as you can and immediately throw a life vest, life ring, or anything that floats, towards them. Even if they are already wearing a life vest, additional flotation will still be useful. If they sink, it will mark the spot we need to return to. Under no circumstances should anyone else jump overboard, as we do not need to try to rescue two people at the same time.
6. We carry ample water aboard. Please avail yourself whenever thirsty, or in hot weather, even before you're thirsty.
7. Please keep one hand for yourself and one for the ship.
8. Ask permission before moving from your station.
9. Please ask permission if you want to use any ship's equipment.
10. Please do not litter. Trash will be stowed in designated places.
11. Never jump into any vessel. They are not built for it.
12. Orders will be given by the officers and will always be clearly indicated. Any sentence beginning with "I wonder what . . . " or "I think we should . . . " is a matter being considered and/or discussed, and NOT an order, so do not jump the gun and start the action before the actual order is given.
13. You are reminded you are on this voyage voluntarily. As such, you are responsible for your own safety. Please act prudently and responsibly in all situations.
14. There will be no smoking on this vessel.
15. The use of alcohol will be strictly controlled*, and at the discretion of the Captain.
16. The possession and use of any drugs not prescribed by your doctor, or any illegal substances, is forbidden. If any violation of this regulation is revealed, the vessel will return directly to port, and the authorities will be notified. The Coast Guard will seize any vessels with drugs aboard, and we wish to avoid that fate.
(*Out on the water in general, and especially on a crew-dependent ship like ours, consumption of alcohol even in moderate amounts can be dangerous. So, while alcohol is not absolutely prohibited in all cases, safety is paramount. When allowed, consumption of alcohol will be limited to amounts that will not affect performance and will not have any possibility of jeopardizing safety.)