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.
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.
No plans for the 4th? Come join us on the Gazela for a fun night out! Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy private seating and clean restrooms for the fireworks! All proceeds benefit the non-profit Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild.
To order tickets, go to http://gazelafireworks2017.bpt.me/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 guests
9:30 PM – Fireworks
Click here to purchase tickets.
Please note, tickets are non-refundable. In the event of rain, tickets will be good for whatever evening Penn’s Landing re-schedules this fireworks events. Tickets may not be redeemed for the fireworks show occurring on July 1st. That show is sold out for a private event.
All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild.
It was with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of Sean Connelly on Tuesday, April 10. Sean was a valued and much-loved member of Gazela‘s crew, and will be dearly missed. A memorial page has been set up at http://gazela.org/memorial_sean. Our thoughts are with Sean’s loved ones at this difficult time.
The winter cover on Gazela will soon be coming down and our volunteer crew has lots of work to do as the weather continues to improve, including painting, rigging, and minor repairs. One of the major projects we accomplished this winter was sealing the deck forward of the break. Earlier this year the Guild hired a team of professional caulkers, and our volunteer crew was kept busy reefing the deck seams for the caulkers. Want to join our crew and help us prepare Gazela for the summer season? Please send us an email at email@example.com
- Our dedicated volunteers have put in over 4700 hours of work on Gazela and Jupiter this year, keeping their maritime history alive and sharing their stories with thousands of visitors.
- In June 2016, Gazela sailed down the coast to Sail Baltimore and Norfolk’s Harbor Fest, reaching 1,500 guests over the three week trip.
- Back in our Philadelphia home port our boats have welcomed visitors ranging from families at Pennsylvania Coast Day to high school classes from Camden.
- The National Park Service and Maritime Administration made a contribution towards preserving Jupiter‘s legacy through a National Maritime Grant. This matching grant will support dry-docking the 114-year-old tug and move her towards meeting the necessary safety requirements to make her history more accessible.
Discover all that Pennsylvania’s coast has to boast at Pennsylvania Coast Day. This free festival will take place at Walnut Plaza (Columbus Avenue at Walnut Street) on Penn’s Landing on September 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gazela will be open for free tours during the event.
For more information about Coast Day, visit DelawareEstuary.org