• Draft: 10.5′
  • Beam: 23′
  • Rig Height: 94′
  • Freeboard: 3′
  • Sail Area: 7000 square feet
  • Tons: 85
  • Hull: Oak


The Shenandoah Experience has been transforming young people’s lives— for the better—for nearly 60 years. By recognizing, utilizing, and enhancing young people’s strengths, we teach them to lead. They learn the importance of working as a group, the nature of bravery, and the joy of singing. They become familiar with every part of the ship and master new knots. They discover independence and that problem-solving can be fun. The experience instills a deep love of nature, the ocean, and our planet that remains with them for the rest of their lives.

By unplugging our youth from their day-to-day lives and placing them in a challenging and supportive environment with others their age, we spark an awakening about themselves and the world around them. It’s an experience that shapes them, stays with them, and becomes a part of who they are.

The extreme clipper topsail schooner Shenandoah is the head teacher on these transformative voyages. She is the only non-auxiliary power square-rigged vessel that frequently sails under the American Flag and demands constant attention and physical effort to sail her. Sailing aboard Shenandoah, you travel back in time to where water is fetched from hand pumps, food is cooked on a coal stove, and days are spent singing, working, and playing games with your shipmates.

Most voyages aboard Shenandoah are five-and-one-half-days long overnight with youth ages 9–17. While voyaging, the ship cruises the southern coast of New England with no itinerary, relying on the winds and tides to dictate the day. She is available for private charter.


  • USCG Certification: Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)
  • Who Sails: Youth, Adults, Scouts, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Other: private charters available
  • Program Type: Sail Training, Private Charters, Maritime History, Marine Environment and Ecology, Nautical Science & Seamanship, Summer Camp, Scouts, Special Needs, Team Building, Service Learning
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Summer: N/A
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Southern New England
  • Sailing Season: June to October
  • Year Launched: 1964
  • Number of Crew: 9
  • Name of Contact: Ian Ridgeway, executive director
  • Phone: 5085609237
  • Website: http://www.fuelprogram.org