Skipjack Minnie V sails the harbor, bringing fun

June 16, 1996|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF

The Minnie V takes to the waters this summer with tourists on weekends and students on weekdays, the newest twist in Inner Harbor fare and the latest addition to the fleet of the Living Classrooms Foundation.

Under Capt. Louis Rosenberg, the newly refurbished skipjack undertakes several programs for the public with a spruced-up deck, hull and railing and a new boom.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, the skipjack will run 90-minute, walk-on sails from the Inner Harbor Amphitheatre next to the Constellation. No reservations are needed.

Landlubbers can raise sails and steer the vessel at $12 for adults and $3 for children under 12. The three-person crew will focus on harbor history and point out harbor highlights while explaining sail-raising, boat handling and rudimentary ship operations.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., the Maryland Historical Society, which previously managed the boat, will help on more extensive two-hour historical sails for adults, at $20 a head. Guest lecturers and snacks are included. Reservations are required. Information: 685-0295.

The 69-foot boat, built in 1906 and once used to dredge oysters, will also provide all-day student programs with the National Aquarium and the Museum of Industry.

Two Groups of students will spend half-days on the boat and on land. Groups may make reservations at the above number.

On weekdays, the boat will perform the same educational functions of its sister ships.

Other boats in the Living Classrooms fleet are the Lady Maryland, a pungy schooner; the Mildred Belle, a buy boat once used to carry fish to markets; and the Sigsbee, a larger skipjack.

Pub Date: 6/16/96

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