About Providence

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 Captain John Paul Jones’ first American command.

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

Tall Ship Providence Foundation

Formed in 2017 to purchase and restore the Tall Ship Providence, the organization began with two founders and a group of interested business people who eventually formed the Board of Directors. Tall Ship Providence Foundation is a 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving Alexandria’s rich maritime history through educational programs and entertainment. The restoration work on the ship, from the initial plan through the final touches, was accomplished under the expert guidance of Master Shipwright Leon Poindexter.

In July 2018, Clair Sassin was hired as Executive Director. Today the team includes Monica Orr, director of sales and marketing; Laura Hollowood, manager of Education and Ticketing; and Jeremy Lawrence, lead character interpreter and coordinator of Tall Ship Tuesday. Our team of trained Historical Interpreters welcomes the public and introduces them to the history of the ship, our Character Interpreters bring it to life, and our crew of professional and volunteer sailors help Captain Dinsmore sail the ship up and down the Potomac, keeping the safety and enjoyment of Providence‘s guests in mind at all times.

The Captain and Her Crew

Captain Samantha “Sam” Dinsmore is our Marine Operations Manager, responsible for all aspects of our ship’s operation. Her crew is composed of both professional sailors and trained volunteers.


Visit Providence, the area’s only tall ship attraction, located on the waterfront in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.


Adventure on the Potomac awaits on our daily cruises or specialty themed cruises open to the public.


Virtual classes and content, homeschool curriculum, and scout programs designed to enrich explorers of all ages.


Rent Providence for your wedding, dinner, reception, or birthday party for an event your guests will never forget.