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Schooner Roseway (World Ocean School)
Ahoy me hearties! Get ready to roll up your sleeves and hoist the sails as you set sail from Gallows Bay harbor on St Croix.
Seasonal sunset sails depart Sunday through Friday at 4 pm. Rates: Adults: $50 | Seniors (65 and above) and Children (12 and under) $40. Reservations required. Private Charters are also available. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure. Roseway sails rain or shine (it’s an adventure) unless conditions are unsafe. In such cases, they will contact you prior to the sail for re-scheduling.
The World Ocean School is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing challenging educational programs aboard the Schooner Roseway. She spends her winters here on St Croix where they offer educational programs to local school children. She summers in Boston Harbor (docked on Rowe’s Wharf) and along the Eastern seaboard providing educational programs. Part of the way they raise funds is by offering day and sunset sails. This is a fantastic opportunity to help hoist the sails and see what it's like to sail aboard a tall ship! She’s here in our waters typically from late November through April or May. After a century of service, she is one of only three original Grand Banks schooners left floating today. She is a registered U.S. National Historic Landmark operating in Boston and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Feeling adventurous? Book a weekend trip in the Caribbean or as volunteer crew when she sails back and forth to St Croix each season.
Be sure to check their schedule on the St Croix Calendar for special events!
About s/v Schooner Roseway
In the fall of 1920 a Halifax, Nova Scotia, newspaper challenged the fisherman of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to a race between the Halifax fishing schooners and the Gloucester fleet. Therefore many schooners, such as Roseway, built at this time were not strictly designed for fishing but in order to protect American honor in the annual races. Roseway, 137′ in sparred length, was designed as a fishing yacht by John James and built in 1925 in his family’s shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts. Father and son worked side by side on Roseway, carrying on a long New England history of wooden shipbuilding. She was commissioned by Harold Hathaway of Taunton, Massachusetts, and was named after an acquaintance of Hathaway’s “who always got her way.” Despite her limited fishing history, Roseway set a record of 74 swordfish caught in one day in 1934.
During the 2022/23 season, Schooner Roseway is undergoing maintenance and not in the water. Instead her new sister ship, Denis Sullivan is taking over the St Croix excursions
About s/v Denis Sullivan
Along with Roseway, World Ocean School has added another exciting vessel to their fleet, the Denis Sullivan. The Denis Sullivan is a three-masted, gaff-rigged schooner, a Great Lakes tall ship built by Milwaukee community volunteers 20 years ago. Captain Christa Miller-Shelley, planned and sailed the challenging sail from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on an inland transit down the Mississippi River through locks and other obstacles before heading out on the open sea in transit to St Croix. She arrived in December 2022 and has been gracing our waters with sunset sails and educational programs ever since.