Providence will open for 30-minute tours in late November or early December. As soon as we have an exact date, we will announce it here, through our newsletter, and via our social media sites. Cruises will begin in April 2020. We look forward to seeing you aboard!

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.

When Providence opens to the public in late Fall 2019, we will welcome visitors aboard to see the ship, meet John Paul Jones, and get a taste of what life was like aboard an eighteenth-century sloop. Beginning in April 2020, we will also offer cruises on the Potomac, including family-oriented adventures and a regular “craft brew cruise.” You can even rent the ship for special tours to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or corporate event.

Come Aboard!

Visit Old Town and take a tour of the ship, or sail on the Potomac on one of our themed cruises. We’d love to share our ship’s story with you and have fun at the same time.

Daily Tours

$10-$14
Come see the ship, meet our captain, and hear about life in the Continental Navy. Tours will begin in late August.

Themed Cruises

$18-$49
Enjoy one of our cruises featuring pirates, craft beer, or just relaxing on the river. Cruises will be available in late August or early September.
Reserve the ship for just you and your guests to celebrate your special event.

Visit Us!

We’re located in Old Town Alexandria at the northern end of the marina. Our Visitor Center is under Chart House restaurant on the side facing the east. Look for the bright gold water taxis!

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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.

  5. Travel Through Time With the Providence

    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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