Meet Our Crew

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Our winter crew is now up to full strength. Chuck Ball and Mary Walker have arrived after their season on Lady Maryland, joining Patrick Flynn, Nolan McDermott, and Molly Wright. There will be someone working 9am-5pm every day on or around the ships, so feel free to stop by to lend a hand, or just say hello, any time!

MS Kungsholm with Christian Roden

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October 20th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Independence Seaport Museum, maritime historian Christian Roden will present Swedish Taste on the High Seas; The Art Deco Interiors of the Swedish-America Lines’ 1928 Ocean Liner MS Kungsholm.

This will be a meeting of the Steamship Historical Society of America, Delaware Valley Chapter, held as a special event in cooperation with the Independence Seaport Museum, the Oliver Evans (Philadelphia) Chapter of the Society For Industrial Archaeology, and the Philadelphia Ship Model Society.

Roden is the Assistant Director of Data Management and Prospect Research at the University of Pennsylvania library in Philadelphia. As a Fulbright Scholar he spent a year researching the French Line Archives in Le Havre, France, with a particular focus on the 1927 Île de France.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Steve Loveless (215-495-8889 or by Monday, October 14.
There will be a reception following the talk.

Hull Rebuild Campaign has a Successful Kickoff!

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The ‘Haul Out’ Campaign has had a successful start and has been more accurately rebranded, “Hull Rebuild Campaign!” We exceeded our initial $3,500 goal, and raised in excess of $16,000! We have a Hull Rebuild Campaign Committee (HRCC) and we are looking for folks to help us in grants, publicity, and fundraising. Meanwhile, work continues on Gazela and Jupiter to keep them in as good a condition as feasible. This on-going maintenance is funded in part by the Annual Fund. Please contribute to the 2019 Annual Fund here.

Drexel Students End Their School Year with a Bang!

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Thanks to students from Drexel University fulfilling their civil engagement requirement by volunteering on Gazela, supplementing our complement of volunteers, we got a lot of good work done in the past few months, including shifting ballast for inspection of the members below, removing and stowing the winter cover, and getting a start on uprigging by using mechanical advantage (block and tackle) to get the main and mizzen booms and gaffs in place. To thank them for their hard work and enthusiasm, we invited them for a potluck that coincided with a fireworks display, and gave them all complimentary one-year memberships, since many were keen on coming back to volunteer over the summer break, or when they are back in school in the fall. We also received a Drexel flag, now flying on the mizzen truck, to showcase our appreciation of the hard work they put in these past few months.

PSPG Education Programs Seek Teachers and Students

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If you are a teacher or know a teacher, email or for more info on our curriculum-based school-year programs. Programs are available for all ages and a variety of subject areas, with a multitude of STEM, STEAM, and NGSS-aligned options. We would love to bring our maritime education program to your classroom, or welcome your students aboard the ship!

June Membership Meeting – Many Topics Discussed

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The Guild held a members meeting on board the Gazela on June 15th. After a potluck and time for board members, volunteers and dues paying members to mix and mingle, our Guild President, Melissa Black-Simmons, led a wide ranging discussion on what has been happening at the Guild so far in 2019. Melissa noted that there is a lot of renewed enthusiasm at the Guild and announced the successful kick off a fundraising campaign to restore Gazela so that she can return to sailing the oceans. Board member Marcus Brandt reviewed an exciting parallel effort to obtain government funding to acquire a permanent home for the Guild on the Delaware River. Initial meetings with City and River officials have been positive. Board member John Telencio reviewed the Guild’s efforts for educational outreach to Philadelphia youth and our goal to expand outreach to local educators.


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Gazela welcomed guests aboard on July 1st and 4th for tours and the best seats available for the fireworks at Penn’s Landing. The event was completely sold out on July 4th! We were happy to see many returning friends as well as some folks who joined us for their first tour. This was also an important chance to raise funds for the organization. We’ll do this again for Labor Day!

Tickets for Front Row Seats to the Fireworks Now on Sale!

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Bring your own picnic dinner and watch the Fireworks show at Penn’s Landing with front row seats from the deck of the Tall Ship Gazela.

The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the middle of the Delaware River, just a few hundred yards from Gazela’s deck.

Schedule of Events:

7:00 PM – Ship opens for visitors
After dusk – Fireworks.

Please note, tickets are non-refundable, unless the event is permanently cancelled by Penn’s Landing. In the event of rain, tickets will be good for whatever evening Penn’s Landing re-schedules this fireworks event.

All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, the non-profit that owns, maintains, and sails the historic tall ship, Gazela. Buy tickets at