• Draft: 7′
  • Beam: 17′
  • Rig Height: 66′
  • Freeboard: 4′
  • Sail Area: 1,800 square feet
  • Tons: 41
  • Hull: steel

Organization: Inland Seas Education Assocation


The Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) was created in 1989 to enhance public understanding and stewardship of the Great Lakes through experiential shipboard and onshore educational programs for children and adults. ISEA’s award-winning educational programs are designed for students in grades 3 – 12 and are modified for learners of all ages. ISEA is located in Suttons Bay on northern Lake Michigan and works with individuals throughout the Great Lakes basin. The goal of every ISEA program is to encourage young people to pursue academic interests related to the Great Lakes, particularly the sciences, and to provide enhanced public understanding and stewardship of the Great Lakes for future generations. The heart of the Schoolship Program is the work of 200 dedicated and trained volunteers who donate nearly 8,000 hours annually aboard the Schoolship.


  • USCG Certification: Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)
  • Who Sails: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Other: all ages; at-risk youth
  • Program Type: Maritime History, Marine Science
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan
  • Sailing Season: May-early October
  • Year Launched: 1994
  • Number of Crew: 5
  • Name of Contact: Fred Sitkins, Executive Director
  • Website: http://schoolship.org/

Tall Ships Challenge Years

2019, 2022