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Philadelphia: A Historic Maritime Center

All-Day Tour

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Code: 1ND027
Moshulu, the world’s oldest four-masted ship

Home port to America’s Continental Navy and the city where the nation’s first steam-powered vessel and the most powerful warships of the 19th and 20th centuries were built, Philadelphia remains a dynamic maritime hub. Sail into history on this extraordinary all-day tour led by transportation expert Scott Hercik.

Begin with a visit to the Independence Seaport Museum for an introduction to Philadelphia’s nautical heritage and a glimpse into what the future holds. Following a private lunch on the historic Moshulu, the world’s oldest and largest four-masted ship, climb aboard the mighty cruiser Olympia. Launched in 1892, it served as Admiral George Dewey’s flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay and is now the oldest steel warship afloat. Next, explore the undersea world of the Becuna, a World War II submarine.

During a private afternoon cruise along the Delaware River, learn of the city’s ship building history, which encompassed both commercial vessels and warships. From the water, enjoy close-up views of the World War II battleship U.S.S. New Jersey, the largest of America’s great battleships, and the S.S. United States from 1952, one of the fastest and most beautiful ocean liners in history.

Fringe stop at about 7:55 a.m.

Photo ID is required on this tour. 

Departs Mayflower Hotel, DeSales St side
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Fringe: I-495, Exit 27 Carpool lot