Guild President’s Newsletter – July 2015

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Letter from Guild President, Al Ponessa to the Guild

July 10, 2015

Dry-docking

 I have been holding off on this Newsletter so I could announce the Dry-docking date. It is now officially in the signed contract for ‘on or about’ July 21. The uncertainty of the date and my hesitancy to announce it was due to a crane-barge that was in the dock that has just been un-docked (on Wednesday). The dock needs to be pumped down and cleaned (in progress) and then we can start building the blocking next week. As Lisa mentioned in the Weekly News there will be meeting this Saturday for volunteers. If you are interested in helping, especially during the week, please be sure to attend.   The docking is scheduled for 4 weeks so we should be out on Aug 18. Don’t assume you won’t be needed or that if you can only spare a few days that won’t work for us. We need you!

There will also be a briefing given by the shipyard (Rhoads Industries) (date to be announced) for those working in the dock. As you can imagine there are lots of safety rules.

We are also looking at the possibility of a fund raiser near the end of the docking period so stay tuned for that as well.

As previously mentioned the intent of this docking is to repair a known leak, fix any damaged copper and pull a strake of planking below the waterline to assess the condition of the frames. Zinc replacement and hull fitting inspections will be done as well. This hull assessment is a key element to help us gauge the extent of future work.

Poplar will also be docked at the same time. She is in need of some plating repairs and painting. There are opportunities for volunteers here also.

Tall Ships Festival

 Thanks for all the volunteers for the Tall Ships Philadelphia-Camden event. The ship looked great. I received several compliments including some from Tall Ships America staff. A special thanks goes out to Lisa Kolibabek, the Volunteer Coordinator, the GLAD Committee (Marie Jordan, Alice Krieg, Alex Stewart and Steve Schmid), the Persons-in-Charge and cooks under Debbie Greenspan’s guidance. Given the complex logistics of the festival and a rainy Saturday, we did a fantastic job accommodating over 9000 visitors. All enjoyed their visit. To support participate in the event we needed to renew our USCG Certificate of Inspection and, thanks to the preparation under our Superintendent of Ships, Patrick Flynn, we accomplished that goal as well.  Well done to all involved in preparing the ships and serving as crew, including volunteers from Oliver Hazard Perry.

Thanks for all you do and fair winds,

Al Ponessa

Sad news about the recent loss of two shipmates

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Henry Bilhuber
Henry Bilhuber – Long time Guild and Board member Hank Bilhuber, a skilled sailor, executive, and good shipmate, passed away on June 23.

Obituary: Philly.com – Henry R. Bilhuber
 



Phillip Beck – Phil Beck, a kind and generous shipmate, passed away on July 9.

Obituary: Philly.com – Phillip Beck

 

Members of the Guild and Board express our deepest sympathies to the families of Hank and Phil. Both men will be fondly remembered by all who knew them.

Memorial donations may be made to the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild: http://philashipguild.org/donate/

4th of July Fireworks at Penn’s Landing – A view from Gazela’s decks!

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Come get the best view of the 4th of July fireworks at Penn’s Landing this Saturday from the decks of the Tall Ship Gazela! Enjoy the use of our clean onboard heads (That’s boat-talk for bathrooms). Bring your own picnic dinner or snacks to enjoy.

Gazela will provide some limited seating, although you are welcome to bring your own chairs as well. Please note, Gazela will be tied up to the dock during this event.

Click here to order your tickets:  http://bpt.me/1844770

Penn’s Landing Fireworks rescheduled to Sunday – tickets still available!

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Because of the inclement weather predicted for Saturday, the Delaware River Waterfront has postponed the Penn’s Landing fireworks to Sunday, June 28th. If you purchased tickets to view the fireworks from Gazela’s decks, your tickets will be honored on Sunday.

There are still tickets available for Sunday! Buy your tickets at: http://fireworks2015.brownpapertickets.com

Penn’s Landing Fireworks – A view from Gazela’s decks!

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Get a front-row seat to the fireworks while supporting Philadelphia’s Official Tall Ship

On Saturday, 27 June, there will be a fireworks display at Penn’s Landing as part of the events of the Tall Ships Festival. As the fireworks will be launched from the middle of the River, Gazela will be an ideal viewing platform, especially considering the number of people that will be at Penn’s Landing to watch the display.

Those viewing the fireworks from Gazela will be able to bring their own food, sit down away from the crowds, and will have access to Gazela‘s heads (marine toilets) during the event.Get into the spirit of the Tall Ships Festival by watching the fireworks display from the deck of a 114 year old Portuguese fishing vessel!

Buy your tickets at: http://fireworks2015.brownpapertickets.com

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Tall Ships Philadelphia / Camden – June 25-28

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Join us at the unique two-sided waterfront of the Delaware River as more than a dozen international and domestic Tall Ships sail in for Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015.

From June 25-28, 2015, the waterfronts of Philadelphia and Camden will create the perfect venue for a myriad of festival attractions and of course, Tall Ships. Affording visitors the rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore.

Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden will showcase domestic and international ships, including some of the most acclaimed worldwide, including the US Coast Guard vessel Barque Eagle, French vessel L’Hermione, Canadian Barque Picton Castle, and Gazela – Philadelphia’s official Tall Ship.

Nautical themed art show and auction announced

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We are excited to announce that there will be a nautical themed art show and auction in Gazela’s main hold during the Tall Ships Festival, June 25-28. The event will be half gallery and half raffle, so make sure you stop by when you’re at the festival to browse and have a chance to pick up a one-of-a-kind artwork.

Volunteers make our vessels sparkle and shine

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This past icy and cold winter was not kind to old ships, wooden or steel.  This spring volunteers pitched in to make Gazela look like a dream and to get Jupiter looking and running her best. For the past three months, volunteers have been busy repairing trim, caulking seams, and sanding, priming and painting everything that doesn’t move.

There’s still a tremendous amount of work to do. We continue to welcome all volunteers to help us get ready to proudly present Gazela and Jupiter to all who come aboard this summer. Want to help? Send an e-mail to volunteer@philashipguild.org

Guild President’s Newsletter – February 2015

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Letter from Guild President, Al Ponessa to the Guild:

A lot is going on these days getting ready for a forthcoming Gazela and Poplar dry-docking which is scheduled for April. We will be using a dry-dock at Rhoads, Inc. in Philadelphia. A few of us met with Rhoads in January and have had several calls with them since to discuss the scope of work. We have also engaged a ‘Project Manager’ to help us get ready. Patrick Flynn will be the ‘lead shipwright’ for the work. Other positions will be filled over the next several weeks. The date has slipped a couple of weeks from April 1 due to some emergent repairs to the road in the vicinity of the dry-dock. As soon as a contract is signed with the actual dates I will let you know. We anticipate about 4 weeks in the dock. Continued

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