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Maritime Heritage Alliance


Maritime Heritage Alliance offers crew training to members. As an active member, you can participate in the crew training and learn how to crew on our two-masted Tall Ship, Madeline, that was built by MHA volunteer boat builders.

Tall Ships Basic Crew Training (BCT)

The Basic Crew Training Program prepares adults 18 years and over to sail as deckhands on the Maritime Heritage Alliance’s Schooner Madeline.

Youth ages 14 – 17 may participate if accompanied by a parent or adult mentor.

A $50 materials fee covers the cost of the training manual and related materials.

The winter classes are a mix of classroom presentations and hand-on, skill training exercises. On-board training takes place after Schooner Madeline has been 'uncovered' from her Winter wrap and is rigged for the sailing season. All training activities are held at the MHA boat shop in Greilickville, MI and onboard Madeline. Winter training usually begins in March and onboard training commences in June. Learn more about our Basic Crew Training Program.

MHA crew work as volunteer sailing and maintenance crew on MHA’s tall ship, which offers Community and Heritage sails on West Grand Traverse Bay to the public at no cost.

Madeline also travels to ports on the Great Lakes to provide dockside educational tours and programs.

Every three years Madeline participates in the Great Lakes Tall Ship Challenge which, over the years, has resulted in Madeline visiting all five of our Great Lakes.

Contact the MHA Office at 231-946-2647 or email info@maritimeheritageallliance.org for more information.

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Maritime Heritage Alliance
13268 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684