Marine Studies – BSEC links


The Sydney Heritage Fleet is proud to offer schools the opportunity to deepen their experience within Marine Studies through a unique experience on a genuine 19th century tall ship!

The programs offered on board have direct links to many areas of the Marine Studies Syllabus. For example, within Life at Sea we explore Marine Engineering and Marine Archology. Most of our activities relate to Humans in Water; Boating and Seamanship, Pilotage and Navigation and the Wind Powered Craft Modules.

We tailor our programs in line with the interests of your students and/or to complement the content covered by the class. Our packages are all led by our Youth Program Coordinator, Erin Jones, an experienced teacher. She is assisted in her delivery by experienced James Craig volunteers, all of whom are familiar with the operation of the ship and have Working with Children clearance. Risk assessments have been undertaken where appropriate and are available on request.

BSEC Sleepover aboard James Craig

Students and Teachers will be transported back in time 140 years. Some typical activities in the BSEC package include:

  • Heaving cargo in the traditional way
  • Transport to and from Watsons Bay on a heritage vessel from 1943
  • Swabbing the decks
  • Knot tying
  • Navigation
  • Learning the language and discipline of the sea
  • Climbing

Students sleep in hammocks or in bunks below decks while the ship remains safely moored at Wharf 7, Pyrmont Bay.

A typical excursion begins at midday and is split into two sections; Watsons Bay, Pilot Station activities and James Craig activities. Depending on your needs and the availability of these two spaces there is flexibility in which activities take place when. For example, arrive day one at 12pm, spend the afternoon and evening on board the JC departing from Wharf 7 after breakfast to the Pilot Station on day two.

We have a minimum booking of 20 students and a maximum of 40. With 40 students we split into two groups and they alternate activities. You are also welcome to combine with another school to make up numbers.

 Cost for students= $105/head

Cost for accompanying teachers = $65/head

Prices include transfers to Watsons Bay, Pilot Station admission, dinner, supper, breakfast and all activities on board. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. We are a nut free program.


For more information or to make a booking, please contact Erin Jones on 0451 791 715 or at

*NB All prices quoted include GST.