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





Preparing Gazela for winter

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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.


Team Rubicon helps Gazela crew build 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 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 will help build winter cover on Gazela in November

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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.


Preparations for winter 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!

Setting sail training class aboard Gazela!

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Lean all about setting sail aboard a tall ship! The volunteer crew of Gazela invite you to learn the arcane parts of sails, the ropes which control them, and the steps for setting and dousing the sails. Our instructor, Deb Peretz, learned these steps over 20 years ago and has since gone on to serve on other sailing ships and tugboats. She’ll provide handouts and personalized instruction to get you comfortable with pulling on ropes and working as a team. The last hour of class will consist of students responding to orders and setting and dousing at least four of the ship’s 16 sails.
Date: October 15, 9am-1pm
Location: Barkentine Gazela at Penn’s Landing
Admission is $60, which includes handouts, instruction, and tours
To purchase tickets, click here:  Sail Training Tickets
Please note that this is an outdoor event, so dress for the weather. If you have tender hands, you may choose to bring gloves. Gazela will not leave the dock for this class.

Karaoke aboard Gazela – Saturday, September 30

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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.

Date and Time: Saturday, September 30th, 6-10 p.m.
Location: Spruce Street and the Delaware River (across from Spruce Street Harbor Park)
Tickets are limited! Only $5 – CASH at the door (gangway)

Gazela training sail on the Delaware River

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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.


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