Go Sailing

Step back in time. Join the crew of the AJ Meerwald on a Public Sail. Bring your friends and family for an adventure to remember!

Sails are 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours in length. Bring the family for an interactive and exciting experience for all ages!

Everyone is invited to help the crew raise the 3,500 sq ft. canvas sail and engage in an education presentation. You will hear about the AJ Meerwald’s historic role in the oyster industry and connect with the maritime heritage and rich natural resources that surround you.

Sunset sail on AJ MeerwaldOur special “Themed” sails are always a fun time. Dress up like a Pirate for our Pirate Sails, hear about local history from local organizations, or watch the sunset while listening to a live band. These sails are scheduled throughout the sailing season from various ports.

All passengers are welcome to bring food and beverages on board for your enjoyment during the sail. Beer and wine are welcome, please no hard liquor.

Sail aboard the A.J. Meerwald

Sails are 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours in length. Bring the family for an interactive and exciting experience for all ages! We invite you to bring your own refreshments on our sails.

Everyone is invited to help the raise the sails and engage piloting the vessel. You will hear about the A.J. Meerwald’s historic role in the oyster industry and connect with the maritime heritage and rich natural resources that surround you.

We offer morning, afternoon and evening sails in various ports of call around the state of New Jersey and nearby states. Please see our Sailing Schedule for the port, dates, and times for the sails. Don't miss our FREE dockside tours.

Join our knowledgeable birders aboard the Schooner AJ Meerwald for a relaxing sail along the Delaware Bay shoreline and up the Maurice River (from our home port of Bivalve, NJ) or the Cohansey River (from historic Greenwich, NJ).  Spot and identify a large variety of birds.  Spotting scopes and continental breakfast are provided.  Bring your binoculars and cameras. IMG_2036 compressed    Eagle In Tree Wings Extended cropped

2017 Birding Sail Dates:

Memorial Day, May 29   8:00 am – 12:00 pm from Bivalve, NJ

Labor Day, September 4    8:00 am – 12:00 pm from Bivalve, NJ

Sunday, September 24   8:00 am – 12:00 pm from Greenwich, NJ

 

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Sea Shanty Sing-Along in Bivalve, NJ

Join the crew in a sea shanty sing-along.  Share your favorite shanty, learn new shanties from the crew or just sit back and enjoy.  Click here for a sampling of shanties sung by crewmember Miriam Beit-Aharon.

Sail departs from historic Bivalve.  Visit the restored Oyster Shipping Sheds Museum and/or enjoy lunch in the quaint Oyster Cracker Cafe prior to the sail.

Tickets: $30 adults / $25 seniors / $15 children.

Click here to purchase tickets.

 

Irish Music in Burlington, NJ

Traditional Irish Music by McDermott’s Handy.

Sail departs from the Riverfront Promenade dock near the Oneida Boat Club.

Tickets: $40 adults / $35 seniors / $20 children.

Click here to purchase tickets.

McDermott's Handy Music

McDermott's Handy

 

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Join members of the Delaware Bay Lighthouse Keepers & Friends Association aboard the Schooner AJ Meerwald for a cruise on the Delaware Bay to see some of the lighthouse structures that have been guiding mariners through the Delaware Bay for decades.

Possible sightings include East Point Light, Elbow of Cross Ledge, Old Cross Ledge and Miah Maull Shoal. Time and weather permitting we may see Fourteen Foot Bank.  Sails originate from and return to our home port of Bivalve, NJ.

A box lunch from the Oyster Cracker Cafe can be purchased separately and must be ordered at least 2 days in advance of the sail.

2017 Lighthouse Sail Dates: 

*******2017 Dates Coming SOON**********

Spring Sail (Date TBD)

12:00 – 7:00 pm from Bivalve, NJ

Fall Sail (Date TBD)

11:00 am – 6:00 pm from Bivalve, NJ

Lunch Box Option

Enjoying a specialty sailBurlington Wood Street Fair and History Sails

We kick off our fall season in historic Burlington, NJ along the beautiful Delaware River.

The City of Burlington and the surrounding area is steeped in early American history.  We dedicate these sails to learning about this local history in addition to that which the 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner AJ Meerwald carries with her wherever she travels.

Local natives to the area, historians, retired educators, long-time volunteers of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve and innkeepers of the Whitebriar Bed & Breakfast in Edgewater Park, Bill & Carole Moore, will be on board to share their vast knowledge of the surrounding area, both past and present.

The ship will be docked at the oldest continuously operating boat club on the Delaware River, the Oneida Boat Club (founded 1873).


Philly Science Festival Special: “Plastics at Sea”

Emilee (Ems) Monson was a crew member of the 2012 Plastics at SEA North Pacific Expedition, a scientific research voyage conducted by Sea Education Association (SEA) dedicated to the study of the effects of plastic marine debris in the ocean ecosystem.

This was the first scientific research study of the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ to measure the concentration of plastic in the gyre.  Ems will talk about some of the research they conducted, their findings, and highlights of the adventures of sailing a tall ship in the Pacific Ocean.  Click here to read more about the expedition.

If you are interested in seeing a sample of this plastic marine debris first-hand and learning what this group of scientists observed during their expedition, join Ems and the rest of the Schooner AJ Meerwald crew for a sail from Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on April 26.


Oyster Sail

Everything oysters!  Sailing on a 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner while enjoying fresh Delaware Bay oysters on the half shell and learning about the species and the current state of the oyster industry from a seasoned staff member.

Come early and tour the museum / art gallery (free of charge) housed in the historic oyster shipping sheds which normally are not open on Sunday but will open at 3:30 pm to accommodate participants of this sail.

Tickets: $40 adults / $35 seniors / $20 children.

Enjoy fresh local foodMother's Day Brunch Sail

A relaxing way to celebrate Mom’s special day.  Sail with us from our homeport of Bivalve, NJ while enjoying a delicious brunch prepared by the ship’s cook in our galley.  The menu includes:

Vegetable Frittata

Hash Browns

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Tray

Carrot Cake

Apple & Orange Juice (bring a bottle of champagne and enjoy a mimosa with your brunch)

Coffee & Hot Tea

Tickets: $35 adults / $30 seniors / $20 children.

 

Public Education Sails

A unique opportunity to experience what thousands of schools and other youth organizations have been

Education sail teamwork

This takes teamwork!

experiencing since 1996… our ever-popular hands-on Education Sail.  We’ve created this opportunity for smaller youth organizations, families and even individuals to be able to have this experience which is normally designed for groups of up to 41 participants.

All children (< 18 years of age) must be accompanied by an adult.  Children not accompanied by a parent / legal guardian must bring a signed Permission Slip.

Tickets: $30 adults / $20 children.

 

Oyster Sails

Oyster Raw Bar on MeerwaldEverything oysters!  Sailing on a 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner while enjoying fresh Delaware Bay oysters on the half shell and learning about the species and the current state of the oyster industry.

Come early and tour the museum / art gallery (free of charge) housed in the historic oyster shipping sheds.

Tickets: $40 adults / $35 seniors / $20 children.

 

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