The Amistad ship will be in port in New London, Connecticut through the end of May, with public sailings on Saturdays and Sundays on May 7, 8, 13, 14, 20 (sold out charter sail), 21, and 27, 28, from 12 noon to 3 PM. Space is limited, so to ensure a seat, tickets should be purchased in advance. Tickets include free admission to the Custom House Maritime Museum nearby.
Discovering Amistad and New London Maritime Society invite the public to a sail aboard the historic Amistad at Amistad Pier, New London’s Waterfront Park. All proceeds go to support New London Maritime Society / Custom House Maritime Museum, and Discovering Amistad.
The Amistad is docked at Amistad Pier, at New London Waterfront Park, which is at the bottom of State Street (#1 State Street), across the railroad tracks, bordering along the Thames River.
Popularly thought to be a slave ship, Amistad was, in truth, a cargo ship carrying kidnapped African tribal members for future sale in America. Through the bravery of two of these captives, the story of the uprising, and subsequent events in New London unfolds during the three-hour Freedom Sail aboard Amistad. New London played a big role in the first steps toward freedom on American shores for the Mende-Africans 175 years ago.
Important to know if you go: Dress Warmly! Even with some sun, the wind off the water is cold, and passengers are on deck for the entire trip. Also bring snacks and beverages, if desired. There is a restroom (head) below deck.
Plan to have a great experience on this beautifully recreated ship. The views are spectacular, the crew are friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to answer questions, and there is nothing quite like being under full sail!