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Upcoming Events 2018
Voyages and Work Sessions
ListServ Info
T-Shirts For Sale
Voyage Regulations


Voyages & Work Sessions

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 9:00am Eastern Time or after midnight).

Email longshipco 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 out of the water for the 2018 winter/spring maintenance season - Come help us work on her to get her ready for summer and fall sailing

December 16, 2017 - Haulout - Successful - Although the temperatures were only in the mid-40s, lots of sunshine made it a very tolerable day. It was not without challenges, starting with finding that due to a pump malfunction the ship was flooded, with a surface crust of ice just a couple inches below the thwarts, in the morning. But that's one of the beautiful things about such vessels; a couple hours later we had her ready to row, with just a few stray bits of ice and some freeze-dried brine in places indicating that anything had happened. Loading on the trailer took a bit longer than anticipated, but we still got her back in the shelter by mid-afternoon and everyone was on the road home before sundown.

Spring 2018 Update: The 2018 voyage season will start in July


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.

You can join our ListServ which gets information on upcoming Longship Company voyages, other activities and events, discussion of boats, etc., please visit the YahooGroups website for information or send an email to mailto:longship-company-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Work Sessions 

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.

May 19 Saturday - limited session as weather will preclude work outside the shelter or doing any humidity critical finishing inside- so if you are thinking about participating, check whether we can efficiently use extra hands We will primarily be caulking, and oiling the interior, trying to get those done before the temperatures start climbing. Plus some misc. tasks.

May 26 Saturday If we have finished caulking, we may proceed with bottom painting including the spots not yet done on the bottom of the keel. Any oiling not done in the previous session will need to be completed. Decking will need to be reinstalled. The mast will need a couple coats of spar varnish, oars need repairs, gear needs to be sorted and cleaned. Other misc. work

June 9 Saturday Bottom painting if not previously done. Lowering the ship back onto the bolster. Readying the lines, other equipment and the trailer. If all major work is done, we will pull the ship out of the shelter in hopes of rain before launch to start swelling her. Clean-up of the chaos.

Possible sessions weekend of June 5 and/or 16 if weather or other factors delay completing the necessary work

Launch - If all above goes smoothly, we will try for a late June launch

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. 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


April 28 Southern Maryland Celtic Festival Adrian is coordinating. Living history display/camp. The Gyrfalcon will be there.

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 9:00am Eastern Time or after midnight

Email longshipco AT hotmail.com for more information on all events




ListServ Info

If you are interested in joining our ListServ which gets information on upcoming Longship Company events, related events, discussion of boats, etc., please visit the YahooGroups website for information or send an email to mailto:longship-company-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


Longship Company T-Shirts

Are available. $12 for members, $15 for non-members plus postage. Email longshipco@hotmail.com for ordering information.

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.


While serving aboard Longship Company vessels you are expected to obey the following regulations:

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.)

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