Gazela departs for Baltimore

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Gazela departed Penn’s Landing shortly after 10 a.m. for the Star-Spangled 200 in Baltimore. We expect to anchor at the mouth of the Sassafras River tonight for arrival in Baltimore tomorrow. Photo shows sails up on the Delaware River.

Another dory shout-out

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This time in Tony Souza’s own words on Old Salt Blog:

To enhance Gazela’s role as a 113 year old living museum teaching ecology and the preservation of natural resources it is important to show how fishing was done in the days of the long line where only the larger fish were taken, one at a time, in a way that preserved the fishstock. So in 2011, Tony Souza of Ottsville, PA, a volunteer member of the Gazela crew decided to build a new dory in his home workshop. Dory, ‘37’, joined the ship in May 2011 and has been with the ship on its visits to ports on the east coast ranging from Norfolk, VA to Nova Scotia.

Letter from our new Guild President

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Al Ponessa addresses the Guild as our new President:

As I start my tenure as your President, I want to personally thank Eric Lorgus for his service to the Guild, having served over 10 years on the Board of Directors and over 6 as President. His legacy is great with untold time, effort, financial contributions and leadership. He has kept the Guild vibrant and the ships the centerpieces of the organization. We will miss his leadership, but wish him well in his future business and personal endeavors. I know he will continue to support our efforts and I also know I can rely on him for counsel and advice as we move forward. Good Luck, Eric. We wish you the best.

I the near future we will have an all hands meeting. Date, time and location will be announced. To support that effort, the Board is meeting with some members of various committees and groups to solicit ideas and concerns. This meeting will be held this weekend. I will keep you posted on developments.

In the meantime, remember Gazela 43 next Tuesday, July 8th. There are some great auction and raffle items. This is also a great chance to brag about what you do for the guild among ‘civilian’ guests. Thanks to Marston Black-Simmons and Bob Wombwell for pulling this together. You can get tickets at the following link Gazela 43. Looking forward to seeing you there and thanks to all the volunteers for the several successful dockside events we have had so far this year.

Al Ponessa
President, Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild

Changing of the watch

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Our tireless, hard-working Guild president, Eric Lorgus has announced his plans to step down soon from his post after more than ten years of service to our organization. We wish him all the best as he refocuses his efforts toward his business, Great Valley Industries. He will be replaced by our good friend and vice president, Al Ponessa. Read Eric’s letter to the guild after the jump. Continued

Al Ponessa in the News

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Newly-minted Ship Guild Vice President, Al Ponessa makes an appearance in the Daily Local News!

Al Ponessa of West Goshen has been sailing since 1964, spending 28 years in the Navy, but before he volunteered with the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild he never thought he would be interested in sailing on a tall ship, like Gazela.

Read the article

December News

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For those who attended the annual meeting on December 3, you heard Eric Lorgus provide some insights to potential 2014 trips—Norfolk and Baltimore. The latter is special because September 14, 2014 is the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. There will be tall ships, fireworks, music and lots of flag waving. More information about the Star-Spangled Spectacular is available on their web site. While nothing is firm yet, these will be two great trips. Norfolk Harborfest is a perennial favorite and Baltimore has really taken a liking to us in recent years and is interested in our participation in this historic event.

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