Find the Boat

#FindtheBoat 2017

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

Win a 7-day Caribbean cruise for two from Carnival!

Every Friday beginning June 16 and concluding July 28, 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 selfie with the boat for a chance to win a week-long Caribbean Carnival cruise for two valued at $2,500, along with other fantastic prizes!

To enter the contest, you must find the correct boat, take a selfie with 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 8. You must be present to win!

Each week we will unveil a new clue, and a new chance to win. Clues will be released at 10 AM every Friday with submissions due the following Friday by 9 AM. The weekly winner will be announced on Instagram by 12 PM each Friday. The last weekly winner will be selected on Friday, August 4. 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!

The Prizes


One lucky grand prize winner will take home a seven-day Caribbean 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 selfie with the featured boat with the hashtag #FindtheBoat. Make sure that your account on Instagram is set to public, if set to private, we will not be able to see your photo. 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 selfie 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 8. You need to be present to win.



Find the Boat Facebook Link

Clue for Friday, July 28:

“One of the first ironclads, this ship has major turtle power.”

Prize: $100 Amazon card

Winner: @busyvamommy


Clue for Friday, July 21:

“With his ship to the left, explorer Henry Hudson overlooks this galleon-like merchant ship.”

Prize: $100 Target card

Winner: @sallygreb

Clue for Friday, July 14:

“With cannon balls near the stern and a mural starboard, you can’t touch this wooden boat.”

Prize: Miss Hampton Cruise 5 tickets

Winner: @luckiecapricorn

Clue for Friday, July 7:

“This colorful defender was built for camouflage in the early 20th century.”

Prize: $100 Amazon card

Winner: @klub757

Clue for Friday, June 30:

“Easy to sail and manage, this not-so-small craft could sail in shallow waters.”

Prize: $100 Target gift card

Winner: @kia.m.91

Clue for Friday, June 23:

“Donated to us by President Roosevelt, this model was the first ship powered by diesel engines.”

Prize: Four Combo Tickets to Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Winner: @bartrohlmeier

Clue for Friday, June 16:

“This larger than life boat is known for its speed and incredible comeback.”

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card

Winner: @sarahmarkz1

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 selfie with the boat, and share the photo on Instagram using the hashtag #FindtheBoat. Weekly entries are due by 9:00 AM on the following Friday, with weekly winners selected on this same day around 10:00 AM 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 8 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.