OBJECT OF MY SHIP SAILS: The object of My Ship Sails is to collect 7 cards of the same suit and be the first person to do so.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 4 to 7 players

MATERIALS: A standard 52-card deck, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: Children’s Accumulating and Shedding Card Game

AUDIENCE: Children


My Ship Sails is a children’s accumulating and shedding card game. It can be played with 4 to 7 players. The goal of the game is to acquire a full hand of 7 cards, all of the same suit. Then you must declare it. The first player to do so successfully wins the game.


A player is randomly assigned to be the dealer. This player will shuffle the deck and deal each player 7 cards each. The remaining deck is placed facedown near them.

Card Ranking

There is no ranking of cards used in the game. The only thing viewed is if a card is of the same suit, regardless of rank.

There may be, however, a need for ranking when determining a winner. In this case, a traditional rank of Ace (high), King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 (low) is used.


Once all players have received their cards the game begins with the dealer. Players will take a card and pass to the left of them. A player will then draw the card passed from their right and add it to their hand. this process is repeated over and over till a player gets a winning hand.

The dealer always draws from the stock, and the last player to the right of the dealer always discards into a discard pile. If the stock is emptied before the game is over the discard pile is shuffled and made into the new stock.

When a player has a hand of 7 cards all of the same suit, they will declare it.


The game ends when a player calls their hand and can successfully prove they are correct. If multiple people call within the same round the player who has the highest ranked card wins the game.  

Amber Crook
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