Team Rubicon helps Gazela crew install winter cover

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 installing 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.”

Preparations for the winter are underway on Gazela

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A tremendous effort from the volunteer crew was seen during the last weekend in October — downrigging of all sails, most of the running rig, and the main and mizzen gaffs. In early November the crew will focus on pulling down more running rig and getting the winter cover up. Plans for the winter work are still being made, so if you’re interested in lending a hand to help out please let us know!

Gazela at Historic Bristol Day on October 22

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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.

Saturday morning dawned bright and clear, and the day started with a reception honoring Bristol businessman Sam Farruggio, who had sponsored the transportation of Gazela‘s current mizzen mast from Roseburg, Oregon. At 10:00am, Gazela opened the gangways for free tours, and for the next 6 hours the crew was proud to inform over 3,000 visitors about the ship and our work.
Gazela departed Bristol on Sunday, and is currently back at Penn’s Landing. The Guild and all of the volunteers want to extend a hearty thank you to Bristol for welcoming us into your community!

Awards presented at annual dinner

The Annual Dinner in February was a great success, with a healthy turn out and a good bit of money made for the Guild with the auction items. We got a recap of last year’s work and successes and got a glimpse of the year (and work…lots of work) ahead. In addition to that, we awarded our volunteer of the year awards:

Gazela Volunteer of the Year went to Debbie Greenspan for organizing the cooks and making sure that there is always lunch for the crew, even if that means dropping something off the night before or cooking multiple weekends in a row; she certainly has made a huge difference in crew morale by ensuring that the volunteers are always fed on weekends.

Jupiter Volunteer of the Year went to Hank Mahlmann for taking a keen interest in Jupiter and coming down multiple times per week to work on projects from cleaning and organizing the fo’c’s’le to assisting with the #2 generator work. Hank brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to Jupiter and the other vessels, and we are thrilled that he happened to find us by chance one day (and has decided to stick around!)

The William W. Smith Award was presented to Rhoads Industries for their extreme cooperation and understanding during this past summer’s dry docking. From allowing us to have our volunteers working alongside their and our employees, to their willingness to help us out in any way possible, they certainly helped make a lasting contribution to the Guild.

Gazela featured in Marlinspike Magazine

We were featured in the new edition of Marlinspike Magazine! They did a great job focusing not only on the work we were doing but also on those doing the work on Gazela and Poplar. While this is only a sampling of those working in the dry dock, all those who worked and volunteered in the dry dock put in long hours in sweltering heat to get the job done.

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For those looking to subscribe to Marlinspike Magazine, the only magazine focusing on tall ships, one can subscribe here: http://marlinspikemagazine.com/subscribe.html

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/

People/Places/Things… Well at Least People

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Welcome to new members Andy Creyer and Stephanie Farra who not only joined but participated in Sail Handling and the ship move to Pier 3…way to jump right in…and Andy lives in Reading.

It was good to see Peter O’Toole up from Florida and helping out on Gazela…he ‘supervised’ the disassembly of the sail locker as Susan Clarke and Laura Bogan finessed the pieces into the hold.

We received an e-mail from former members Ann and Rick Pantaleoni stating that they will be back.
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July news

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Al Ponessa included a great video link in his newsletter last night showing news footage of Gazela at Schaefer’s Canal House on the return trip from Norfolk in June.

Lots of other newsworthy developments as well. More good reasons to Subscribe to the newsletter!. You can read the full newsletter following the jump but here are some highlights:

  • On Saturday, July 13 we celebrated Paul Parson’s full life in the Quaker way on board Gazela. Over 50 friends, shipmates and relatives, including his daughter Naomi Paskins-Parsons and partner Beth Scheinfeld, shared fond memories of Paul.
  • Keep posted for some more summer fun with plays, art shows, etc. taking place on the deck of Gazela. Crew calls will be coming as dates are firmed up.
  • Tony Souza is building two more dories for Gazela. Volunteers needed. Check out progress.
  • For new members and those who need a refresher, let Al know if you are interested in Level 1 Training. For prospective members, you can contact the guild office if you would like become a member and take part.
  • Philadelphia Sailing Club will be conducting an Intermediate Sailing Skills training session in Bala Cynwyd at the Cynwyd Club on Aug 24 from 8:30 to 4:00.

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Goodbye to our dear friend, Paul Parsons

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Last night we lost a member of our Guild family, Paul Parsons. He passed away suddenly last night and will surely be missed by all who knew him. Whether it was planning for and cooking for a trip or starting up the shanty singing at potlucks, he knew how to improve morale and get people engaged. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and wish them all the best in this difficult time.

In this video clip, on June 12 in Baltimore, Paul talks from the Gazela galley about his role as ship’s cook.