“Building Sultana”

Celebrate Sultana’s 20th Anniversary by Helping Underwrite the Printing of Marc Castelli’s book “Building Sultana.”

  • Publication Set for Fall of 2017
  • Special Edition Limited to 300 Signed and Numbered Copies
  • Twenty Unique “Founder’s Editions” Also Available
  • Reserve a Special Underwriter’s Copy Through August 1, 2017 and be Recognized in the Front of the Printed Edition of “Building Sultana.”
  • Underwriting Contributions Begin at $250, With a Portion Tax-Deductible


The Story of Castelli’s “Building Sultana”

Boats. Many people love everything that word embraces. Artist Marc Castelli is one.  In 1998 Marc’s passion for things nautical led him to a back lot in Chestertown, Maryland, where a team of shipwrights and volunteers was preparing to build a full-scale replica of the 1768 schooner Sultana.

The new Sultana became Castelli’s obsession. For the next three years, he spent up to five hours a day at the shipyard, making meticulously detailed pen-and-ink drawings of the work, tools, and people involved in the schooner’s resurrection.

Following Sultana’s launch in 2001, Marc was approached by Quantuck Lane Press to publish a book of his drawings so that his record of Sultana’s construction would be preserved.  Over the next several years Marc culled through more than 2,000 drawings, settling on 200 pieces that were combined with written remembrances of the project’s shipwrights and volunteers to create the book Building Sultana.  Then tragedy struck.

A printing error during the book’s publication in 2006 forced the destruction of all but two of the 5,000 printed copies.  Lacking capital for a second printing, the book was effectively lost to history . . . until now.

Recognizing the unique record of Sultana’s’s construction that Marc Castelli created, and intent on seeing this work preserved as part of the historical record, the Sultana Education Foundation is publishing a limited edition of Building Sultana to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Foundation.

In partnership with Castelli, the Foundation will print a total of 300 Limited Edition copies of Building Sultana for publication in the fall of 2017 as well as twenty unique Founder’s Edition books.  Advanced subscriptions are available (see below).  Any funds raised in excess of publication costs will go directly to support under-sail educational programs on the schooner Sultana.

Reserve an Underwriters Copy


In the fall of 2017, a limited edition of 300 signed and numbered copies of Building Sultana, as well as 20 unique Founder’s Edition books with a second signature from SULTANA’s builder John Swain, will be published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sultana Education Foundation.  In advance of publication Sultana is seeking underwriters to offset the cost of publishing.  All funds contributed in excess of publication expenses will be used to support under-sail education programs on the schooner SULTANA.  Underwriting opportunities are available at the following levels:

Underwriting Level Recognition/Benefits

Founder’s Edition – $2,000
Signed by Marc Castelli & Sultana’s Builder John Swain
Limited to 20, Identical Copies with Distinct Founder’s Edition Title Page
Linen Slip Case & Dust Jacket
Proportional Recognition on Sponsor Page of All Books3

Limited Edition Book – $500
Limited to 300 Numbered Copies Signed by Marc Castelli
Preference for Numbered Book Lottery2  
Proportional Recognition on Sponsor Page3

Limited Edition Book – $250
Limited to 300 Numbered Copies Signed by Marc Castelli
Book Numbers Distributed by Lottery2  
Proportional Recognition on Sponsor Page3

Following publication, Limited Edition books, will be available to the public for $150 each.


1Tax Deduction:  Underwriting contributions are tax deductible less the $67 production cost per book.  Individual tax letters will be provided to all underwriters.

2 Book Number Lottery:  Limited Edition books will be distributed by random lottery according to underwriting levels.  The lottery for the $500 underwriting level will be held first, with the lowest numbered books distributed to this group.  A second lottery will then be held for underwriters at the $250 level, with this group receiving the remaining lowest numbered books.   All underwriters will be invited to a lottery event in the fall of 2017.

3 Sponsor Page Listings: For recognition purposes, names will be listed in alphabetical order by underwriting level on a single Sponsor Page located directly following the title page.  Font sizes will be proportionate to underwriting level. Sponsor pages will be identical for Founder’s and Limited editions.