The Zwaanendael Museum will host its two-day maritime celebration, “A Sailor’s Life for Me,” May 27 and 28 at various locations in downtown Lewes.
Adults and children will have an opportunity to experience seafaring lives and honor mariners who made a sacrifice.
The schedule for May 27 includes:
— “Life at Sea” demonstrations: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway. Attendees can swab the deck, learn about shipboard food, play Crown and Anchor and other Colonial-period games and serve on a block-and-tackle station where visitors will be drilled by a demanding mariner looking for new crew members
— Local maritime history demonstrations and displays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zwaanendael Museum. Presented by various local organizations including the Indian River Lifesaving Station; the Lewes Historical Society; the Lightship Overfalls and the Overfalls Foundation; and the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute.
— Living history encampment: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Canal Front Park, 211 Front St. Re-enactors will portray sailors and mariners from the American Revolutionary War to the Korean War with a spotlight on World War I in commemoration of the centennial of America’s entrance into the Great War. Activities include displays, demonstrations and musket drills.
— Sound pipe demonstrations: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lightship Overfalls, 219 Pilottown Road. Demonstrations on the use of sound pipes which were used by the Overfalls to produce audible warnings during the presence of thick fog or mist.
— Tour of the Overfalls: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lightship Overfalls. Visit this National Historic Landmark that was the last lightship built by the U.S. Lighthouse Service. The last tour will be at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children 14 years and older.
The schedule for May 28 includes:
— “Lost Off Lewes: The British Warship DeBraak” tours: 9, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Zwaanendael Museum. Participants will meet at the Zwaanendael Museum where they will board a van that will transport them to an off-site conservation facility for a guided tour of the surviving hull section of His Majesty’s Sloop DeBraak, which sank off the Delaware coast on May 25, 1798. Admission is free, but due to limited seating, reservations are required by calling 645-1148 no later than May 19.
— Colonial games: 1:30 to 4 p.m., Zwaanendael Museum.
— Wreath-laying ceremony: 3:30 p.m. Featuring historical re-enactors, a bugler and a bagpiper, this ceremony will take place at the DeBraak Memorial located on the museum grounds. The site is believed to contain the remains of several crew members who lost their lives in the sinking of the DeBraak.
— Living history encampment: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Canal Front Park. Historical re-enactors will portray sailors and mariners from the American Revolutionary War to the Korean War with a spotlight on World War I in commemoration of the centennial of America’s entrance into the Great War. Activities include displays, demonstrations and musket drills.
— Wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of DeBraak Capt. James Drew: 3 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 211 Mulberry St. Featuring historical re-enactors, a bugler and a bagpiper, participants will lay a wreath on Capt. Drew’s grave, followed by a walk to the Zwaanendael Museum for a wreath-laying ceremony honoring other crew members of the DeBraak
For information, call 645-1148 or visit bit.ly/2ooXjLU.