Jupiter’s Santa Run canceled due to vandalism

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Philly.com reports on a truly disappointing day:

A Grinch – or Grinches – evidently sabotaged the annual Delaware River “Santa Run,” in which gifts are distributed to visiting seamen, some from thousands of miles away.

After discovering that the tugboat Jupiter had an inoperative propeller, the Seamen’s Church Institute and the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild canceled the event Saturday.

Read the fully story at philly.com

Where was Gazela?

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Guild craftsman and Portuguese-speaker, Tony Souza found an interesting Portuguese blog post by Dr. Anna Maria Lopes where she deduces the time and location of an historic Gazela photo. Below, he offers his analysis:

Where was Gazela in 1918, 1939, or 1959? I can answer the question about 1918, Gazela was home in Portugal all year. The previous year a sister ship, Gamo, fully loaded with the year’s catch, was boarded and sunk by the crew of a German submarine. Not willing to risk further loss the fishing company didn’t send Gazela to the Grand Banks in 1918. Continued

Interns wanted

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The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild is currently seeking Vessel Preservation Interns
This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring professional mariners to acquire practical vessel repair and maintenance experience. Working in conjunction with PSPG’s shipwright and committed volunteer membership, interns learn a broad array of skills, from plank replacement and caulking, to welding and blacksmithing. Prior repair and maintenance experience is not required, though it is a plus.

Housing is provided aboard one of the Guild vessels, as is a weekly stipend. Interns also receive membership in the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, and will be eligible to sail aboard Gazela during her 2015 sailing season. Positions are available immediately and running through March 2015, with a minimum time commitment of one month. The possibility exists to transition to a position during Gazela’s haulout in spring 2015.

Apply with resume and references to Patrick Flynn at office@gazela.org.

Guild President’s newsletter

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Letter from Guild President, Al Ponessa to the Guild:

As we get ready for the holidays there are a few things I would like to let you know about. First and most important, we have recently re-hired Patrick Flynn as the Superintendent of Ships. He will be working part time on Gazela while he works on A. J. Meerwald as well. With his hours per week being limited, Patrick will be working to support the efforts of you, our members. We need everyone’s help to get the important work done. Patrick has already made a difference and will certainly help the Marine Committee with all the winter preps and Dry-docking preps. The board made this decision and established a budget to make it happen, recognizing that the ships need some day to day care that was not happening without a paid employee. So welcome back Patrick, we missed you. The Guild will definitely benefit from this renewed relationship. Continued

Upcoming overnight class

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Deb Peretz will be running an overnight class on Saturday October 25 into Sunday. Start time will likely be in the neighborhood of 7 p.m., with the main event starting around 8 p.m. Dinner will not be provided, though breakfast is planned. On Sunday the 26th, we will practice sail handing either at the dock or underway. We’ll try to get those folks who stayed over a nap during the day. The exercise underway depends on whether Gazela’s winter berth at the north end will be ready for her.

The weekends in November will be downrigging the rest of the ship and starting construction on the winter cover.

—From Ed, via PSPG Weekly Update
To learn more about our classes email Ed at volunteer@gazela.org

Remembering Newt Kirkland

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Independence Seaport Museum and the Philadelphia maritime community are remembering the life of Newt Kirkland. Newt passed away on Monday, September 15, 2014.

After logging countless miles in ocean racing yachts, Kirkland shifted gears and began building wooden boats in 1993 at the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. He later joined Workshop on the Water, the traditional boat shop located at Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since joining the Seaport Museum, Newt worked tirelessly to uphold the tradition of wooden boat building, passing his skills on to students and volunteers in the shop.

Visitors to the Seaport Museum loved interacting with Newt as he worked on various projects. He left an indelible impression on visitors and brought a great deal of personality to the Boat Shop. He will be missed by all.

Independence Seaport Museum will host a memorial service for Newt in the Workshop on the Water at 3:30 p.m. on October 18, 2014. Light refreshments will be served, and guests will have the opportunity to speak if they choose.

Please RSVP to Gina Pickton at gpickton@phillyseaport.org

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