Guild President’s Newsletter – July 2015

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Letter from Guild President, Al Ponessa to the Guild

July 10, 2015

Dry-docking

 I have been holding off on this Newsletter so I could announce the Dry-docking date. It is now officially in the signed contract for ‘on or about’ July 21. The uncertainty of the date and my hesitancy to announce it was due to a crane-barge that was in the dock that has just been un-docked (on Wednesday). The dock needs to be pumped down and cleaned (in progress) and then we can start building the blocking next week. As Lisa mentioned in the Weekly News there will be meeting this Saturday for volunteers. If you are interested in helping, especially during the week, please be sure to attend.   The docking is scheduled for 4 weeks so we should be out on Aug 18. Don’t assume you won’t be needed or that if you can only spare a few days that won’t work for us. We need you!

There will also be a briefing given by the shipyard (Rhoads Industries) (date to be announced) for those working in the dock. As you can imagine there are lots of safety rules.

We are also looking at the possibility of a fund raiser near the end of the docking period so stay tuned for that as well.

As previously mentioned the intent of this docking is to repair a known leak, fix any damaged copper and pull a strake of planking below the waterline to assess the condition of the frames. Zinc replacement and hull fitting inspections will be done as well. This hull assessment is a key element to help us gauge the extent of future work.

Poplar will also be docked at the same time. She is in need of some plating repairs and painting. There are opportunities for volunteers here also.

Tall Ships Festival

 Thanks for all the volunteers for the Tall Ships Philadelphia-Camden event. The ship looked great. I received several compliments including some from Tall Ships America staff. A special thanks goes out to Lisa Kolibabek, the Volunteer Coordinator, the GLAD Committee (Marie Jordan, Alice Krieg, Alex Stewart and Steve Schmid), the Persons-in-Charge and cooks under Debbie Greenspan’s guidance. Given the complex logistics of the festival and a rainy Saturday, we did a fantastic job accommodating over 9000 visitors. All enjoyed their visit. To support participate in the event we needed to renew our USCG Certificate of Inspection and, thanks to the preparation under our Superintendent of Ships, Patrick Flynn, we accomplished that goal as well.  Well done to all involved in preparing the ships and serving as crew, including volunteers from Oliver Hazard Perry.

Thanks for all you do and fair winds,

Al Ponessa

Sad news about the recent loss of two shipmates

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Henry Bilhuber
Henry Bilhuber – Long time Guild and Board member Hank Bilhuber, a skilled sailor, executive, and good shipmate, passed away on June 23.

Obituary: Philly.com – Henry R. Bilhuber
 



Phillip Beck – Phil Beck, a kind and generous shipmate, passed away on July 9.

Obituary: Philly.com – Phillip Beck

 

Members of the Guild and Board express our deepest sympathies to the families of Hank and Phil. Both men will be fondly remembered by all who knew them.

Memorial donations may be made to the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild: http://philashipguild.org/donate/

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

Jupiter’s Santa Run canceled due to vandalism

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Philly.com reports on a truly disappointing day:

A Grinch – or Grinches – evidently sabotaged the annual Delaware River “Santa Run,” in which gifts are distributed to visiting seamen, some from thousands of miles away.

After discovering that the tugboat Jupiter had an inoperative propeller, the Seamen’s Church Institute and the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild canceled the event Saturday.

Read the fully story at philly.com

Remembering Newt Kirkland

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Independence Seaport Museum and the Philadelphia maritime community are remembering the life of Newt Kirkland. Newt passed away on Monday, September 15, 2014.

After logging countless miles in ocean racing yachts, Kirkland shifted gears and began building wooden boats in 1993 at the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. He later joined Workshop on the Water, the traditional boat shop located at Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since joining the Seaport Museum, Newt worked tirelessly to uphold the tradition of wooden boat building, passing his skills on to students and volunteers in the shop.

Visitors to the Seaport Museum loved interacting with Newt as he worked on various projects. He left an indelible impression on visitors and brought a great deal of personality to the Boat Shop. He will be missed by all.

Independence Seaport Museum will host a memorial service for Newt in the Workshop on the Water at 3:30 p.m. on October 18, 2014. Light refreshments will be served, and guests will have the opportunity to speak if they choose.

Please RSVP to Gina Pickton at gpickton@phillyseaport.org

Arrival

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Gazela docks at Baltimore Inner Harbor next to Constellation on the morning of Sept. 10.
Gazela docks at Baltimore Inner Harbor next to Constellation on the morning of Sept. 10.
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