Sailing Vessel

Denis Sullivan

The Sailing Vessel (S/V) Denis Sullivan is a seasonal experience. Check back next season to sign up for public sails! You can still learn more about the schooner below.

Explore the wonder, beauty, and fun of Lake Michigan from the deck of Discovery World’s Tall Ship, the S/V Denis Sullivan. Climb aboard the world’s only re-creation of a 19th century three-masted, Great Lakes schooner.

 

Enjoyed by All Ages
Varies depending on Sail type
Outside of Discovery World

FAMILY SAILS

2017 SAILS HAVE ENDED FOR THE SEASON. CHECK BACK WITH US BETWEEN MARCH-APRIL FOR 2018 SAIL DATES.

Our Family Sails offered at a reduced rate are a fun and educational outdoor experience for you and your family. Kids are invited to dress up as their favorite pirate or superhero, while enjoying a complimentary small snack and beverage!

2-Hours in length. Our Cancellation and Rescheduling Policies can be found further down this page.

Pricing

  • Family 4-Pack: $120
  • Additional family member tickets can be purchased for $30 each after 4 tickets have been purchased.

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DAY & EVENING SAILS

2017 SAILS HAVE ENDED FOR THE SEASON. CHECK BACK WITH US BETWEEN MARCH-APRIL FOR 2018 SAIL DATES.

Day & Evening on the S/V Denis Sullivan are perfect for ALL ages!

During this All-Ages/Family-Friendly 2-hour sail, you’ll be invited to help set the sails and take a turn at the helm. Or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride while learning about Milwaukee’s rich maritime past.

All Day/Evening Sails are 2-Hours in length. Our Cancellation and Rescheduling Policies can be found further down this page.

Pricing

  • Adults: $40 Member, $45 Non-Member
  • Children age 3-17: Member $35, Non-Member $40 (All children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Children age 2 & under: $10 (All children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Military (Active Duty & Veterans) and Seniors (60+): $5 discount (Guests must call the Reservations Department to receive this discount.)

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SUNSET SAILS

2017 SAILS HAVE ENDED FOR THE SEASON. CHECK BACK WITH US BETWEEN MARCH-APRIL FOR 2018 SAIL DATES.

Come sail away aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan on a 2-hour sunset sail adventure! Price includes light appetizers and 2 drink tickets per person.

2-Hours in length. Our Cancellation and Rescheduling Policies can be found further down this page.

Pricing

  • All Members: $80
  • All Non-Members: $85

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HAUNTED SULLIVAN

OUR 2017 SEASON HAS ENDED. CHECK BACK WITH US BETWEEN MARCH-APRIL FOR 2018 DATES.

Everybody’s been through a haunted house – but have you ever experienced a haunted ship? This October, the S/V Denis Sullivan will transform into a haunted schooner. Step aboard to experience all the tricks and treats the captain and crew have waiting for you! Join us on deck for such games as Handless Donut Eating, Deadeye Bowling, Cauldron Tossing, and much more! Venture below decks to have your eyepatches scared right off!

Pricing
All Guests: $5
Children 2 and under: FREE

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DAY/EVENING SAIL GIFT CERTIFICATES NOW AVAILABLE

Give someone the unique gift of adventure. S/V Denis Sullivan Day Sail Gift Certificates are now available!

You can purchase your S/V Denis Sullivan Gift Certificates in person at the Ticket Counter or by calling the Reservations Department at 414.765.8625. Gift Certificates cannot be purchased or redeemed online.

Gift certificates are valid for the 2018 S/V Denis Sullivan sailing season and for regular 2-Hour Day/Evening Sails only.

CANCELLATION & RESCHEDULING POLICIES

In order to reserve your spot, you must either call the Reservations Department at 414.765.8625 or register online. Full payment is due at the time of registration. Reservations may NOT be held without full payment.

Day/Evening Sails & Family Sails

In order to receive a full refund for any reservation YOU cancel, the cancellation must be received at least seven (7) days prior to the sail date.

Cancellations received less than seven (7) days from the sail date will receive no refund or credit.

Sunset Sails

In order to receive a full refund for any reservation YOU cancel, the cancellation must be received at least fourteen (14) days prior to the sail date.

Cancellations received less than fourteen (14) days from the sail date will receive no refund or credit.

Day/Evening & Family Sails

If you wish to reschedule your sail, you must notify the Reservations Department via phone at least seven (7) days prior to the sail date. Rescheduling requests received after the seven (7) day window will not be accepted or granted.

Sunset Sails

If you wish to reschedule your sail, you must notify the Reservations Department via phone at least fourteen (14) days prior to the sail date. Rescheduling requests received after the fourteen (14) day window will not be accepted or granted.

All Sails

A sail may be cancelled if the captain thinks it is necessary to do so for reasons of safety. This is at his/her discretion. Normally we do NOT cancel due to rain or temperature. However, a sail may be cancelled due to severe storms, high wind, or fog advisories. If WE should cancel a sail, you may either reschedule your sail to a different date or receive a full refund. However, there is no refund if you simply choose not to show up, arrive late, or change your mind.

History

The S/V Denis Sullivan was completed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2000 by professional shipwrights and nearly 400 volunteers. The schooner is a modern educational sailing vessel with two diesel engines, a scientific laboratory, two computer workstations, and modern communication and navigation equipment. She maintains single bunks in co-ed areas, shared toilets (heads) and showers, and limited storage. The vessel can carry up to 50 passengers on day sails and 21 participants overnight. She is complemented by a professional crew of ten.

The S/V Denis Sullivan provides an array of genuine maritime experiences, from two-hour Lake Watches for families to multi-day educational sails for teens and adults. Water is the world’s most precious resource, and the S/V Denis Sullivan provides a unique platform from which to provide marine education, leadership training, and personal development to visitors of all ages.

ONBOARD EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

For information regarding all of our educational programs onboard the S/V Denis Sullivan and more, please click here to view our Education pages.

EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional development voyages aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan challenge teachers to live and work aboard the traditionally rigged schooner. Educators on the S/V Denis Sullivan specialize in getting teachers out of the classroom and inspiring them to share these experiences with their students.

A course on the S/V Denis Sullivan will give you a new passion and excitement for teaching, experiential education training, and a wealth of knowledge to take back to your classroom.

The S/V Denis Sullivan is modeled on a traditional vessel, but is equipped with the technology for a hands-on study of ecological systems. Journey the open waters of the Great Lakes for three hours or seven days.

For more information, please contact our Reservations Department at 414.765.8625 or reservations@discoveryworld.org

Professional & Private Charters

A private, 2-hour charter sail on the S/V Denis Sullivan offers an environment that no other venue can match.

As a captivating and impressive platform to network, express gratitude, celebrate or simply socialize, the experience offers a peaceful setting on Lake Michigan and a quiet sail on the world’s only traditional Great Lakes schooner.

While aboard, you and your guests (total 50 people) will be able to participate in raising sail, take a turn at the helm, tack through the wind, learn something new, or simply relax, unwind and sail! Take your people into an environment surrounded by water, where the benefits of working together truly sail you home to safety. Charters are a great option for team-building events, employee appreciation events, weddings, vow renewals, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

2-Hour Charters begin at $2,500 during non-peak season, $3,000 during peak season.

For more information, please contact the Reservations Department at 414.765.8625 or email reservations@discoveryworld.org

Technical Information

Technical Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

Length Overall 137’
Length on Deck 98’
Displacement Tonnage 150
Gross Tonnage 97
Beam 24’
Draft 8’9”
Number of Sails 10
Sail Area 4597 sq. ft.
Mast Height 95’
Heads 3
Berths 32
Day Sail Capacity 50
Fuel Capacity 960 gal.
Fresh Water Capacity 850 gal.
Sewage Capacity 670 gal.
Grey Water Capacity 640 gal.
Main Engines 2×180 HP
Generator 20 kW

DISTANCE LEARNING EQUIPMENT

Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 communications satellite antennae (MPDS 64 kbps ISDN thru-put)
Wireless 802.11 Antennae (11MB thru-put, w/ 4 nm range)
Canon Power Shot Digital Camera
Nextel Cellular Modem (19.2 kb thru-put)
Polycom Codec Camera (H.320 at up to 64kbps, Satellite & H.323 at up to 768kbps, TCP/IP network, wired or wireless)

NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT & ELECTRONICS

Color RADAR 2
Depth Sounder 1
DGPS VHF Chart Plotter 1
SSB Radio 1
MF/HF Radio 1
Weather Fax 1
NAVTEX Receiver 1
Satellite Comm. Station 2
Automatic Identification System 1
Computer Workstations 2
Large VIdeo Display 1
DVD/VCR 1

SAMPLING EQUIPMENT

Niskin Tow Winch 1000 meter ¼” wire
Bottles 6 (2.5 L Cap.)
Gravity Corer 1
Ponar Grab 2
Plankton Nets 1
Bottom trawl 1
Microscopes 5
Incubator 1
Centrifuge 1
Lamotte Surface Sampler 1
YSI 6600 Multi-parameter Sonde 1
Hach DO Photometer 1
Oakton pH tester 1
SSEC Sun Photometer 1

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Getting Here

We are located on Milwaukee’s lakefront with easy access on and off of the expressway.

500 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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General Admission

Adults $19
Child (3-17) $16
Child 2 & Under $Free
Senior (60+) $16
College Student* $14
Military Active and Veterans* $14

*Valid ID Required.

Purchase tickets at the Ticket Counter. Prices are subject to change.

Hours

Open until 5p today
Tues-Fri 9a - 4p
Sat & Sun 10a - 5p

Getting Here

We are located on Milwaukee’s lakefront with easy access on and off of the expressway.

500 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Get Directions
Adults $19
Child (3-17) $16
Child 2 & Under $Free
Senior (60+) $16
College Student* $14
Military Active and Veterans* $14
Military* Active Duty & Veterans $14

*Valid ID Required.

Purchase tickets at the Ticket Counter. Prices are subject to change.

Hours

Open until 5p today
Tues-Fri 9a - 4p
Sat & Sun 10a - 5p