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 was launched on June 22 and is back in the water for the 2019 sailing season - additional schedule information will be posted soon
Saturday October 12 Regular voyage - Lief Erickson Day/Battle of Hastings Day Voyage - the weather is finally cooling off, making for pleasant rowing, and if the wind is as predicted, it might enable us to sail both outward and back across St Clements Bay. Depending on crew and conditions, we might do some sail configuration experiments and test some equipment for underwater archaeology
Saturday November 2 Regular voyage or if not sufficent crew to take out the ship (some of our active members will be at the VikingCon event) a work and experiemntation session with the smaller vessels
Saturday November 16 Regular voyage - We will be trying to recruit newbies for this voyage at the Irish Festival the weekend before, and our people will probably be a bit burned out. So, we will keep it easy and with more educational elements rather than trying to go as far as we can. Much will depend on the weather.
Saturday November 23 Possible minor voyage or smaller craft outings in conjunction with Fenby
November 29 or 30 or 31 Tentative Thanksgiving weekend experiemntation with either the ship or small craft
Saturday December 7 Downrigging in conjunction with Special Voyage for Odin's Warrior Tribe (a non-profit group of military veterans from VA - WV) who will be camping out at Oakley for a Yule gathering that weekend. They will be providing us with muscle for taking down the mast after a Saturday voyage (with extra muscle, we don't need to be so concerned about ideal weather as we usually are for downrigging), but we can use a few experienced hands for the voyage and downrigging.
Saturday December 14 Haul-out Tide will be rising in the afternoon, so this is the target date. We will have the mast/rigging down and stored as mentioned above, so it will be the usual drill of getting the ship to the ramp and onto the trailer. Given the tide timing we won't have to get started too early, yet should have enough time before we start to lose the light
INTERESTED IN COMING ALONG ON A VOYAGE IN 2019?
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2019 -- Dates and tasks are tentative depending on the weather.
Saturday September 14 We have some minor repairs to do on the ship, and need to vacuum out the flora and fauna accumulating in the bilge. We will also be working on square rigging the Chaika
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. We usually have about a week's warning when forming Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes first become potential threats to the Mid-Atlantic coast, and usually know with some certainty whether they will actually make landfall in this area about three days before they reach here.
November 2 Some Longship Company members will be putting on living history demos at the VikingCon event at Charles Co fairground
Maryland Irish Festival November 8 - 10 The Irish Festival has invited us back again this year, giving us a large space in which to put on a variety of displays and demos. We will have the Gyrfalcon there, and will have some new variations on our past displays
Fenby - November 22 - 24 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. A major activity this time is to do some experimental smelting of bog iron. So, there will be a roaring furnace to keep things warm even if the weather is cool
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
Email longshipco AT hotmail.com for more information on all events
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:email@example.com
Are available. $12 for members, $15 for non-members plus postage. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.)