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.

Fireworks!

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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 http://gazelafireworks2019.bpt.me

Front Row Seats to Penn’s Landing Fireworks!

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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.

Click here to purchase your tickets!

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.

Food & Wine with the PSPG at Pier 5

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On Sunday, September 23, beginning at 4:00 pm, please show your support for the tall ship Gazela and the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild by spending an evening to meet crew and volunteers at the Pier 5 Condos (7 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.) next to Penn’s Landing. Get to know about Gazela and the other ships managed by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild and enjoy an evening of wine and food.

The event will run from 4:00 to 7:00 and anyone interested can get a tour of Gazela following the event. The ship will be located about five minutes away near the Ferris wheel at Penn’s Landing.

Catering will be provided Philabundance Community Kitchen.

Tickets for this event are limited and are $50 per person. Click here to purchase tickets.

Fireworks Reception aboard Tall Ship Gazela!

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Join us for a fireworks reception aboard Gazela on Saturday, May 26! All tickets include Sail Philadelphia Festival Admission. All proceeds go to the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. Tickets are available in three levels:

Admiral: Ticketholders are welcomed aboard Gazela at 7pm for a champagne reception followed by fireworks. Admiral Ticketholders enjoy reserved seats on deck and VIP below-deck tours conducted by the crew of Gazela. (Those interested in exploring below decks are asked to wear flat comfortable shoes and be prepared to go up and down ladders.) Your Admiral Ticket also includes a Sail Philadelphia Early Access Pass, granting you an 11am early entry to tour the tall ships at Penn’s Landing.

Captain: Gazela‘s gangways open to Captain Ticketholders at 8pm. Gazela‘s crew will be providing below-decks tours. (Those interested are asked to wear flat comfortable shoes and be prepared to go up and down ladders.) Seating will be provided as available, and your Captain Ticket also includes two (2) Sail Philadelphia Ship Tour tickets. Your ticket also grants access to the festivities on Sunday, May 27, beginning at noon.

Ensign: Ticketholders are invited aboard Gazela at 8pm to view the fireworks. Your Ensign Ticket also includes a day pass to the festivities at Penn’s Landing for Sunday, May 27.

Click here to purchase your tickets. We look forward to welcoming you aboard for this one-of-a-kind experience!

 

Help Gazela Lead the Parade

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In May 2018, the Penn’s Landing waterfront will be abuzz with Sail Philadelphia Tall Ships festivities. As Philadelphia’s resident tall ship, Gazela is slated to lead visiting tall ships in a parade-of-sail into her home port on the Delaware River. But January’s lengthy frigid weather spell struck hard in the engine room. After one of the coldest cold spells the Northeast has seen in a very long time, some crew members entered her engine room. To their horror, they found extensive systems damaged from the cold. Assessment and repairs are continuing and damage estimates exceed $15,000. Our beloved sailing ship floats dead in the water until all repairs are made.

Can Gazela Lead the Parade?
Without her engine room systems up and running, Philadelphia’s tall ship will not be able to proudly lead her own city’s parade.

We Need You! Click Here to Donate! 
We are asking for your donation and support to help get Gazela ready for this very important event. Anything you can donate would be greatly appreciated. Funds will go directly to the repairs needed to get her ready.

Consolidation of Guild materials

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The Guild was informed last year that Pier 9 was being developed into public space, newly named Cherry Street Pier.  The Guild relied on free use of Pier 9, which is owned by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, to store wood and equipment used in the maintenance of Gazela and Jupiter.  Luckily, Holt Logistics generously donated 3 year lease on a 10,000 sq ft lot near the airport for our stuff.  The Guild will have to build shelters for the wood piles, but at least there is now space for storing the existing timbers and all material being gathered for the next rebuild.

Our storage containers were moved down on December 5, 2017 thanks to Rob’s Towing of Bristol.  On December 13, our volunteers loaded two truckloads of big timbers from Pier 9 plus two truckloads of wood stored at the Navy Yard.  River Services donated their staff and forklift to load at the Navy Yard.  And a crack team of volunteers unloaded in a driving cold wind.  We have scheduled Monday December 18 for the last two loads to be picked up at the Navy Yard and delivered to the lot.

Special thanks to

Thackray Crane Rentals for their great pricing on the flatbed trucks and customer service

Sunbelt Rentals for a good deal on the ReachLift

River Services for generous support and time

Holt Logistics for storage facility

 

 

 

 

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