Sailing and Tours

Join us for one of our scheduled tours or to sail on Virginia. The 2024 sailing season will start on July 4 and run until October. Virginia will be absent on port visits for a small part of this time. Other tours start in June. You can reserve tickets starting about June 1.
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Sail on Virginia

Sail on Virginia for a 1 hour 45 minute trip on the Kennebec River. This is a hands-on experience for a small group. The crew also acts as educators and interpreters. 

Sailings are at noon and 3pm Thurs-Sat.

Deck tours of Virginia

Join us on Virginia’s deck and below it for a 50-minute tour while at the dock. This is a hands-on experience for a small group. The crew acts as educators and interpreters.

Deck tours are 11am and 2pm Thurs-Sat.

History and Dock tour

Tour the Maine’s First Ship Visitor Center and see Virginia and the Kennebec River from her dock in this 45-minute tour. Docents act as educators and interpreters. 

History and Dock tours are on Wednesday and Sunday at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm

Additional Info

Location: All tours start at Maine’s First Ship Visitor Center at the Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St, Bath Maine 04530. Sailing may go either north or south depending on the tide and wind.

Age limit: The minimum age for sailing is 12. For other tours, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Membership: Maine’s First Ship is a membership organization. There are special prices for members at Dockhand and above levels. You can become a member at any time by donating and filling out a membership form. This can be done online or at the Visitor Center.

Arrival: Please arrive for sailings at least 15 minutes before sailing time. Other tours will start on time if you have not arrived.

Acknowledgment of Risk: The marine environment has some inherent risks, especially on the dock and on the deck of Virginia. In reserving a tour you acknowledge this risk and agree to act to minimize this risk (as will we). We want everybody to have a safe and fun time.

Weather: The captain of Virginia may cancel a sail or tour if the weather or other conditions make it unsafe. If we cancel the tour, we will try to reschedule you for another time, or issue you a full refund.