PSPG Awarded $100K Grant to Support Gazela

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PHILADELPHIA, December 10, 2019: The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild (PSPG) is pleased to announce the receipt of $100,000 in grant funding from The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust. The grant application was submitted as part of the 2019-2020 maritime grant cycle on behalf of Philadelphia’s Tall Ship Gazela, a barkentine of Portuguese origin which first sailed in 1901.

 

The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild is an all-volunteer nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving historic ships and teaching seamanship, restoration skills and maritime science and culture. The Guild maintains and operates two historic vessels, the Tall Ship Gazela, and the tugboat Jupiter. The Gazela, built in 1901 is a three-masted barkentine with an exceptional heritage. Research suggests that she is oldest wooden Class A Tall Ship still sailing in the world, a priceless piece of world seafaring history and culture. Gazela was also one of the last working sailing ships. Until 1969 she sailed annually to the Grand Banks to fish for cod using the centuries-old long-line technique

 

The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust is a private foundation established by William Wikoff Smith in 1977 to make grants in the Greater Philadelphia region to support basic needs, higher education scholarships, maritime education, and medical research. The foundation’s relationship with the Gazela dates back to 1970, when Smith, a philanthropist with wide-ranging interests that included sailing and model ship-building, purchased the retired ship.

 

The generous funding on behalf of the Trust will enable the PSPG to accomplish a number of survey recommendations for Gazela, contributes to broadening PSPG’s office operations, and supports preparations for major projects slated through 2021, including a planned drydocking and replacement of the ship’s 1970s-era ballast tanks. These critical repairs will help Gazela continue her role as the good-will ambassador ship for Philadelphia’s international seaport, safely sail to various ports for historical exhibitions, and provide the entertainment and education experiences that hundreds of students and other visitors have enjoyed for over 40 years since her arrival at Penn’s Landing.

 

Melissa Black-Simmons, President of the PSPG Board of Directors, officially accepted the grant on December 3rd. The PSPG is extremely grateful for this opportunity, which will help keep the historic Gazela around for future generations to learn from. This generous grant from the Trust will enable PSPG to broaden our efforts at addressing the survey recommendations and repair needs of the ship, as well as deal with emergent issues such as the need to rebuild the anchor windlass, and plan for a periodic drydocking in summer 2020.

 

For more information about the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild or its initiatives, please contact Melissa Black-Simmons at 215-439-2781.

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.

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