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

 

 

 

 

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!
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