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.”

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 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!

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.

 

Gazela leaves port for day sails in June

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Gazela left her home port at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia for two day sails on the Delaware River in June. The first sail, on June 10, served as training for our all-volunteer crew, who spent the afternoon setting and dousing sails, as well practicing man overboard and fire drills. On June 17, guests were invited on board to learn more about Gazela and the work of the Guild to preserve and maintain her.

 

 

 

Spring maintenance work continues; the winter cover is almost down!

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A great turnout from our volunteer crew over the past two weeks saw a lot of small jobs get done, including general clean-up of areas above and below decks, and a very big job is almost done – the removal of the winter cover frames! If you’d like to join our crew and help get Gazela ready for the summer, please contact us at volunteer@gazela.org

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