A historic schooner has set sail for Port Jefferson.

From Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, a replica of the Amistad, a 19th-century slave ship that was taken control by its captives, will be available for tours.

The tours are run by Discovering Amistad, a nonprofit that sails the tall ship and provides the history of its passage.

Scroll down to see info on the tours.

some history

According to Discovering Amistad, in 1839, the ship was carrying 53 Africans from Sierra Leone who were sold to Spanish slave traders taking them en route to Havana, Cuba.

During the voyage, the Africans revolted, seized the ship, however, they were unable to navigate it back to their homeland. Instead, the ship was captured and towed into the port of New London Harbor in Connecticut.

From there, the U.S. had to choose whether to enslave or execute the Sierra Leone natives. After years of discourse, and later court rulings, it was decided to free the group of captives.

In 1999, the replica ship was built in Mystic, Conn.

For more history, click here.

the tours

Discovering Amistad will offer two types of tours: free dockside tours (a $25 per person donation is suggested) and sunset sails ($40 for adults
$25 for children 8 to 12.)

For sails, which are 2.5 hours long, it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes earlier for the scheduled departure.

Here’s what to bring: warm layers, water-resistant jackets, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, and water bottles.

Below are the times.

dockside tours

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28 – noon to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 29 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 30 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 31– 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 1 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 2 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

sunset sails

  • Thursday, August 29 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 31 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, September 2 – 4 p.m.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Any questions, contact email tsullivancolon@discoveringamistad.org.

Top: A replica tall ship of the Amistad. (Credit: Facebook)