ARGIA was launched in 1986 and is a modern replica of a 19th Century sailing schooner. Her overall length is 81 feet and she has a 19 foot beam. ARGIA and her captain are
licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard. She carries life jackets, all required safety equipment, and is fully insured for up to $1,000.000 liability. The ARGIA's sailing season
is from May 1st to late October.
Exciting Group Activity for your School Class, Camp Group, or Child's Party
Hands On Marine Science
Set sail on the sailing ship Argia for a 2 1/2 hour Marine Sciences expedition. Our experienced instructors guide you through a discovery of oceanography, coastal ecology,
and our marine environment, using a variety of nets and scientific instruments.
Haul back a commercial trawl net, hand-over-hand, just like the fishermen of old. Handle the organisms you catch, as our Marine Scientist explains their characteristics and
importance in ecology and to humans.
Collect plankton with a special net. See the tiny organisms through discovery scopes and learn about their importance to the food chain of the ocean. Find out what environmental
and human factors affect plankton and the far reaching affects these can have.
Help the crew of the Argia set sail the traditional way, with muscle-power. Once the ship is under sail power, discuss the food web of Fisher's Island and Long Island Sounds
and the Mystic River, pollution in the estuary, fish and shellfish industries, and the geology of Long Island Sound.
Use scientific instruments to obtain seawater and observe light penetration. Physics and chemistry come alive as you test the water for dissolved oxygen content, temperature,
density, clarity, and salinity. Learn about wedges and gradients of different salinity and temperature in the sea and what they mean.
Sail past one of the few remaining salt marshes in Connecticut. Observe the birds native to a salt marsh and discuss the ecological interactions, formation, and growth of
This special educational experience, taught in an interactive and engaging manner, brings the marine sciences to life.
Our staff consists of a captain, first mate, deckhand, and two experienced marine educators who act as our primary instructors. Classes are taught in an easy and engaging
manner, with students encouraged to participate. Our staff is trained to interact well with groups of all ages to provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment.
We suggest a class size of 35 to 40 students, with limited numbers of adult chaperones so that the focus may remain on the students.
Reservations and Cost
The Marine Science Course costs the standard charter rate (click "Private Charters" button on left side of page)
We offer a special rate of $525 to schools and camps on weekdays from the beginning of our season through the end of May (excluding Memorial Day) and after Labor Day until
the end of our season. A special deposit arrangement goes with this rate: a $100 deposit is required to reserve the cruise and the balance is due upon boarding.