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Historic Ship With an Educational Purpose

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- In the 18th century the original Sultana ship was used as a policing vessel, but on Thursday its job was to bring a whole new world to students at Choptank Elementary School in Cambridge.

"Probably the greatest thing about this job is bringing the boat to places like Cambridge and getting these local kids that might live blocks from the river in many cases out on the river for the first time, there is nothing more exciting and rewarding for us," said Sultana Projects Vice President Chris Cerino.

This week the Sultana and its crew are taking fifthgrade Dorchester County students out for adventure, excitement and a lot of learning.

Not only is the Soltana a head-turner, it also serves as an educational tool for students.

"We learned how to steer with ropes, and they didn't have a wheel to turn so we just had to learn how to pull the rope and we pulled it tight and you can't let go until Captain Tonya tells us to," said fifth grader Kori Taylor.

"On the boat you can have a lot of fun and you can discover what they did back in the days," said fifth grader Malkia Fletcher.

 The students did everything from exploring the water, to setting a sail but one of their favorite parts was getting up close with the sea life.

"The hog choker I think, he was slimy but then when you went back it was rough," Taylor said.

"It was supposed to stick on your face, it was real slimy and it kept on curving back so it couldn't stick," said fifth grader Nyzhier Youmens.

It was a day these fifth grade students will not soon forget.

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