For outdoor educational fun, join us for a Family Field Trip, every Maritime Monday!

Host a Winter Warmer Happy Hour aboard Providence! Special winter rates.

Maritime Mondays

Safe, outdoor fun for the whole family!

Welcome!

The tall ship Providence provides a living link to our rich maritime, naval, and Revolutionary history. Our Providence is a reproduction of the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy and John Paul Jones’ first American command.

Come aboard to meet John Paul Jones, and get a taste of what life was like aboard an eighteenth-century sloop. Enjoy a private or public tour, a cruise of the Potomac, or book a private event aboard Providence.  

Come Aboard!

Come see the ship, meet our captain, and hear about life in the Continental Navy.
Cruise the Potomac aboard Providence. During this 75-minute public cruise, one of our Historical Interpreters will give you some history of the ship and be there to answer your questions.  Enjoy a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage and salty snack while you sit on our deck boxes looking out over the river.
Reserve the ship for your very own Private Cruise aboard Providence for up to 15 guests! During this 75-minute cruise, one of our Historical Interpreters will give you some history of the ship and be there to answer your questions.  Your package includes individually packaged portions of freshly prepared chips, salsa, and…

Visit Us!

We’re located in Old Town Alexandria at the northern end of the marina. Our Visitor Center is at One Cameron Street, under Chart House restaurant, on the Potomac, across from the Water Taxi.

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  1. Travel Through Time With the Providence

    1775: October 13, Second Continental Congress authorizes purchase of the ship that will be known as Providence. This date is now considered the birthday of the Navy.

  2. Travel Through Time With the Providence

    1776: May to November, Providence is commanded by Captain John Paul Jones. During this time, captain and crew capture 16 prizes, destroy the Nova Scotia fishing industry, and become renowned for their bravery and daring.

  3. Travel Through Time With the Providence

    1779: August, Providence is burned by its own crew to avoid capture by the British.

  4. Travel Through Time With the Providence

    1976: October, A reproduction of Providence is launched in celebration of the American Bicentennial.

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    2015: February, The ship is nearly destroyed in a winter storm.

  6. Travel Through Time With the Providence

    2019: July, Providence, newly restored and returned to its Continental Navy appearance, opens to the public in Alexandria, Virginia, as a museum ship.

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