Schooner Sultana: 1768
a trans-bay sail on Sultana: Chestertown to Annapolis
Annapolis to St. Michaels
fire the cannons!
Sultana was armed with 8 1/2 pounder swivel guns (mounted on the gunnels, not in carriages on deck). The modern replica has four of the swivel guns... and they work. On modern tall ships, the guns are part of the history, and fired (powder only, of course) to salute ports or other tall ships... or sometimes, "my gun is louder than yours". Here, crew prepares the cannon. Grab your earplugs.
a brief study of moving water...
Sultana is from an age where ships were built like tanks; it was all about weight and volume and ability to carry cargo and sturdiness... like a Shetland pony or a Halflinger. By 1812, ships had evolved into the pungy, the pilot schooner, the Baltimore clipper, sharp built schooners that were all agility and speed. Sultana is bluff bowed and broad... here she bangs out a bow wave as we cross the Bay.