4th of July Fireworks at Penn’s Landing – A view from Gazela’s decks!

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Come get the best view of the 4th of July fireworks at Penn’s Landing this Saturday from the decks of the Tall Ship Gazela! Enjoy the use of our clean onboard heads (That’s boat-talk for bathrooms). Bring your own picnic dinner or snacks to enjoy.

Gazela will provide some limited seating, although you are welcome to bring your own chairs as well. Please note, Gazela will be tied up to the dock during this event.

Click here to order your tickets:  http://bpt.me/1844770

Penn’s Landing Fireworks rescheduled to Sunday – tickets still available!

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Because of the inclement weather predicted for Saturday, the Delaware River Waterfront has postponed the Penn’s Landing fireworks to Sunday, June 28th. If you purchased tickets to view the fireworks from Gazela’s decks, your tickets will be honored on Sunday.

There are still tickets available for Sunday! Buy your tickets at: http://fireworks2015.brownpapertickets.com

Penn’s Landing Fireworks – A view from Gazela’s decks!

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Get a front-row seat to the fireworks while supporting Philadelphia’s Official Tall Ship

On Saturday, 27 June, there will be a fireworks display at Penn’s Landing as part of the events of the Tall Ships Festival. As the fireworks will be launched from the middle of the River, Gazela will be an ideal viewing platform, especially considering the number of people that will be at Penn’s Landing to watch the display.

Those viewing the fireworks from Gazela will be able to bring their own food, sit down away from the crowds, and will have access to Gazela‘s heads (marine toilets) during the event.Get into the spirit of the Tall Ships Festival by watching the fireworks display from the deck of a 114 year old Portuguese fishing vessel!

Buy your tickets at: http://fireworks2015.brownpapertickets.com

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Nautical themed art show and auction announced

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We are excited to announce that there will be a nautical themed art show and auction in Gazela’s main hold during the Tall Ships Festival, June 25-28. The event will be half gallery and half raffle, so make sure you stop by when you’re at the festival to browse and have a chance to pick up a one-of-a-kind artwork.

Volunteers make our vessels sparkle and shine

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This past icy and cold winter was not kind to old ships, wooden or steel.  This spring volunteers pitched in to make Gazela look like a dream and to get Jupiter looking and running her best. For the past three months, volunteers have been busy repairing trim, caulking seams, and sanding, priming and painting everything that doesn’t move.

There’s still a tremendous amount of work to do. We continue to welcome all volunteers to help us get ready to proudly present Gazela and Jupiter to all who come aboard this summer. Want to help? Send an e-mail to volunteer@philashipguild.org

Guild President’s Newsletter – February 2015

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Letter from Guild President, Al Ponessa to the Guild:

A lot is going on these days getting ready for a forthcoming Gazela and Poplar dry-docking which is scheduled for April. We will be using a dry-dock at Rhoads, Inc. in Philadelphia. A few of us met with Rhoads in January and have had several calls with them since to discuss the scope of work. We have also engaged a ‘Project Manager’ to help us get ready. Patrick Flynn will be the ‘lead shipwright’ for the work. Other positions will be filled over the next several weeks. The date has slipped a couple of weeks from April 1 due to some emergent repairs to the road in the vicinity of the dry-dock. As soon as a contract is signed with the actual dates I will let you know. We anticipate about 4 weeks in the dock. Continued

Where was Gazela?

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Guild craftsman and Portuguese-speaker, Tony Souza found an interesting Portuguese blog post by Dr. Anna Maria Lopes where she deduces the time and location of an historic Gazela photo. Below, he offers his analysis:

Where was Gazela in 1918, 1939, or 1959? I can answer the question about 1918, Gazela was home in Portugal all year. The previous year a sister ship, Gamo, fully loaded with the year’s catch, was boarded and sunk by the crew of a German submarine. Not willing to risk further loss the fishing company didn’t send Gazela to the Grand Banks in 1918. Continued

Interns wanted

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The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild is currently seeking Vessel Preservation Interns
This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring professional mariners to acquire practical vessel repair and maintenance experience. Working in conjunction with PSPG’s shipwright and committed volunteer membership, interns learn a broad array of skills, from plank replacement and caulking, to welding and blacksmithing. Prior repair and maintenance experience is not required, though it is a plus.

Housing is provided aboard one of the Guild vessels, as is a weekly stipend. Interns also receive membership in the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, and will be eligible to sail aboard Gazela during her 2015 sailing season. Positions are available immediately and running through March 2015, with a minimum time commitment of one month. The possibility exists to transition to a position during Gazela’s haulout in spring 2015.

Apply with resume and references to Patrick Flynn at office@gazela.org.

Guild President’s newsletter

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Letter from Guild President, Al Ponessa to the Guild:

As we get ready for the holidays there are a few things I would like to let you know about. First and most important, we have recently re-hired Patrick Flynn as the Superintendent of Ships. He will be working part time on Gazela while he works on A. J. Meerwald as well. With his hours per week being limited, Patrick will be working to support the efforts of you, our members. We need everyone’s help to get the important work done. Patrick has already made a difference and will certainly help the Marine Committee with all the winter preps and Dry-docking preps. The board made this decision and established a budget to make it happen, recognizing that the ships need some day to day care that was not happening without a paid employee. So welcome back Patrick, we missed you. The Guild will definitely benefit from this renewed relationship. Continued

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