#FindtheBoat 2019

Ahoy, mateys! Join us in the Museum this summer for #FindtheBoat, an Instagram adventure contest!

Win a $1,500 cash prize!

Every Friday beginning June 21 and concluding August 2, 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 $1,500 cash prize, 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. (Make sure your Instagram profile is set to public.) The shared photo will serve as one entry to the weekly prize drawings worth $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 Wednesday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m. 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 10:00 AM every Friday with submissions due the following Friday by 9:00 AM. The weekly winner will be announced on Instagram by 12:00 PM each Friday. The last weekly winner will be selected on Friday, August 9. 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 $1,500 Visa gift card!

$1,500 Visa Gift Card


$500 Staycation Package

Includes two overnight stays to the brand new,
luxurious Holiday Inn at City Center,
a $100 gift card to Tradition Brewing,
and a $50 to Burger Theory. 

Tradition Brewing Company logo



$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 $100 and will include gift cards such as Target, Amazon, 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 14. You need to be present to win.



Clue for Friday, June 21:

This intricate ship under the stars features 48 oars, which supplied propulsion in the absence of wind.

Prize: $100 Target gift card

Winner: @jaimecox77

Clue for Friday, June 28:

Fit for a European prince and donated by an American president, this ship (model) featured the Atlantic’s first  glass-enclosed promenade deck.

Prize: $100 Amazon gift card

Winner: @sairockstar06

Clue for Friday, July 5:

Named one of the best-designed products in America, this small craft was built with fiberglass instead of wood.

Prize: $100 Target gift card

Winner: @muh_rissa

Clue for Friday, July 12:

Captured by the Eolus, this Union defender’s steam pipes ruptured while heading for the sea.

Prize: $100 Amazon gift card


Clue for Friday, July 19:




Clue for Friday, July 26:




Clue for Friday, August 2:




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 a.m. on the following Friday, with weekly winners selected on this same day around 10:00 a.m. The new clue for each week will be posted each Friday at 10:00 a.m. 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 Wednesday, August 14 from 5:30 -­ 6:00 p.m. You must be present to win. 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.