Gazela‘s volunteer crew is making great progress on installing the plastic sheeting over the framework for the winter cover. The greenhouse will be finished soon, which will allow the crew to work in relative comfort during the cold weather months.
On November 18 & 19, Team Rubicon from the Philadelphia region united to help the volunteers of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild prepare Gazela for the winter by assembling a greenhouse structure over the deck of the ship. This structure protects the vessel from snow and ice, while providing a shelter for the volunteers to continue to work aboard during the winter months. In just two days, the entire framework was assembled.
Team Rubicon’s primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters. At Team Rubicon, “disasters are our business but veterans are our passion”. Team Rubicon strives to find ways to continually engage volunteers outside of active disasters. It enables more people to be able to volunteer and serve with the team, and it benefits communities close to home. Team Rubicon chose Gazela as a unique project that many of the military veterans who served in the navy, coast guard, and merchant marines can connect with. According to Jenna Brandolini from Team Rubico, “winterization of the ship is a bit like disaster prevention; it helps to preserve a piece of Philadelphia’s history.”
Team Rubicon, a veteran’s organization whose primary mission is providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, will be joining the volunteer crew of Gazela on November 18 & 19 to build the winter cover. This critical project will allow the crew to get a jump on the many maintenance projects scheduled for this winter. The Guild is grateful for their offer to help, and we thank them for their service to our country.
Gazela was the star attraction at the 41st annual Historic Bristol Day! On Friday, October 21, Gazela set sail from Philadelphia with a crew of about 20 volunteers, arriving at Bristol’s new wharf by early afternoon. That evening the crew and members of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild Board welcomed the organizers of the event, Bristol Cultural & Historical Foundation, on board for a dinner reception, sponsored by the King George II Tavern.
Sing with Philly’s beloved Karaoke host, Dr Thunder, aboard Philly’s historic Tall Ship Gazela at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, September 30!
Voted Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine, Dr Thunder Karaoke will deliver his finest booty (that means wealth) of music and talent to benefit the historic sailing vessel.
There’ll be lots of fun going on while you sing to the sea! And with tickets priced at only $5, you won’t be plundered for admission to this most exceptional venue.
Gazela’s all-volunteer crew practiced their sailing skills on September 10 during a day sail on the Delaware River. The sail also provided an opportunity for invited guests, including students from the Public History Program at Temple University, to experience what it was like to sail a historic wooden tall ship.
No plans for the 4th? Come join us on the Gazela for a fun night out! Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy private seating and clean restrooms for the fireworks! All proceeds benefit the non-profit Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild.
To order tickets, go to http://gazelafireworks2017.bpt.me/
Gazela left her home port at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia for two day sails on the Delaware River in June. The first sail, on June 10, served as training for our all-volunteer crew, who spent the afternoon setting and dousing sails, as well practicing man overboard and fire drills. On June 17, guests were invited on board to learn more about Gazela and the work of the Guild to preserve and maintain her.