Find the Boat


Ahoy Mateys! Join us in the Museum this summer for #FindtheBoat, a scavenger hunt adventure contest!

Win a 7-day cruise for two from Carnival!

Every Friday beginning June 10 and concluding July 29, we will post a clue on Instagram leading you to a boat or boat model currently on display in the Museum. Decipher the clue to discover the location of the boat, then snap a photo of (or, selfie with) the boat for a chance to win a week-long Carnival cruise for two, along with other fantastic prizes!

To enter the contest, you must find the correct boat, take a picture of the boat, and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #FindtheBoat. The shared photo will serve as one entry to the weekly prize drawings worth around $100, and the grand prize, runner-up, and third place prizes. Be the first to find the boat, and you’ll receive TWO entries for the grand prizes.

The grand prizes will be drawn at a special #FindtheBoat party at the Museum on August 15th.

Each week we will unveil a new clue, and a new chance to win. Become a Member to receive free admission and play every week! Clues will be released at 10 AM every Friday with submissions due the following Friday by 10 AM The weekly winner will be announced by 12 PM each Friday. The last weekly winner will be selected on Friday, August 5. Clues, prizes, and winners will also be listed here on the website once released.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram so you don’t miss any clues!


Find the Boat Facebook Link


Clue for Friday, July 29:

“If you touch this ivory model, you’ll go to prison.”

Prize: Miss Hampton Cruise 5 tickets ($130 value)

Winner: @cake_emporer

Clue for Friday, July 22:

“In the defense of our country, the red, white, and blue take flight off this deck.”

Prize: Two tickets to the Schooner Alliance in Yorktown and a $50 Waterman’s gift card

Winner: @gina_lou_

Clue for Friday, July 15:

“Exploration of this colorfully crested ship will lead you to discover Spanish lions and castles.”

Prize: $100 Visa gift card

Winner: @jencee72

Clue for Friday, July 8:

“Under the stars, with the Netherlands at heart, a miniature unicorn heads the way.”

Prize: Miss Hampton Cruise 5 tickets ($130 value)

Winner: @storyofcorri

Clue for Friday, July 1:

“Don’t abandon this boat and you can become king of the world!”

Prize: $100 Visa gift card

Winner: @oshikashi

Clue for Friday, June 24th:

“This craft isn’t small and is the oldest known of its kind. She was made in Michigan in the 1920s.”

Prize: Four Combo Tickets to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center

Winner: @bubblegum.boys

Clue for Friday, June 17th:

“From Philadelphia with a sister from Finland, this red star is full of steam.”

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card

Winner: @themaroons

Clue for Friday, June 10th:

“On the wall, with cannons near at the ready, she’s no ironclad with a Georgia name.”

Prize: Two tickets to Busch Gardens ($160 value)

Winner: @saras_noodles

The Prizes


One lucky grand prize winner will take home a seven day cruise from Carnival with an oceanview room! The cruise is valued at $2,500.

Carnival Cruise Lines funnel logo

B&B Travel logo
PTANA logo


The cruise was generously donated by Carnival
and organized by Bill Lyons with B&B Travel in partnership
with Professional Travel Agents of North America (PTANA).


$500 Visa gift card

$500 Visa Gift Card


$250 gift card to Peninsula Town Center


Peninsula Town Center logo

This gift card was generously donated by Peninsula Town Center.


Weekly prizes are worth around $100 and will include tickets to local attractions like Busch Gardens, VISA gift cards, certificates to restaurants and more!

How To Win

Share your photos of the featured boat with the hashtag #FindtheBoat. Each picture counts as 1 entry. Only 1 entry per week per person. You can enter once every week as the new clues are announced. The first person to find the boat and share their photo gets 2 entries for the grand prize drawing. Every week 1 winner will be randomly selected from the pool of entries. At the end of the contest, we’ll randomly select a grand prize winner from all the entries at the #FindtheBoat party at the Museum on August 15th. You do not need to be present to win.


Official Contest Rules and Regulations

Museum admission is required to enter. Museum Members get free Museum admission. Follow the weekly clues on Instagram, find the correct boat in the Museum, post a photo of the boat or a selfie with the boat, and share the photo on Instagram using the hashtag #FindtheBoat. Weekly entries are due by 10:00 AM. on the following Friday, with weekly winners selected on this same day at 12:00 PM. The new clue for each week will be posted each Friday at 10:00 AM. on Instagram. Each photo entry per week counts as one entry for the weekly prize and one entry for the Grand, Runner-­up, and Third place prizes. First person to find the boat each week gets TWO entries for the Grand, Runner-­up, and Third place prizes.

Weekly winners will be randomly selected from each week’s #FindtheBoat entries. Grand, Runner-up, and Third place prizes will be randomly drawn at the winner selection event on Monday, August 15 from 5:30 -­ 6:30 PM. Entries will only be received through Instagram. To sign-up for Instagram, go to your mobile phone’s app store to download and begin. Prizes may contain certain age restrictions.

By sharing photo entries using #FindtheBoat, you are giving permission for the Museum to share your photos on social media platforms for promotional purposes. Photo credit will always be given. No purchase necessary. Entries can be submitted by mail with your name, address, email, and phone number. Each prize may have certain restrictions. Contest open to all Museum visitors and Members. Museum employees and immediate family are not eligible for prizes.