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.

November News

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Since we last left off, Gazela and Jupiter were featured in the Old City Seaport Festival right here in Philadelphia. The weekend started with a parade of ships, lead by Gazela and included Pride of Baltimore II, Kalmar Nyckel, Mystic Whaler, Virginia, A. J. Meerwald, and Hindu.

More about the festival and the WHYY FM fundraiser after the jump.


Gazela in the News

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We have two interesting media mentions recently. The big event in September was the production of The Sea Plays held on board Gazela from Sept. 12 to Sept. 23. Check out Toby Zinman’s column in the Inquirer after the jump.

A Portuguese site also offers a short Gazela profile. Tony Souza provides a translation from the blog “Roda do Leme” which means Ship’s Steering Wheel. This is the blog site of Tiago Neves a maritime historian from Aveiro, Portugal.

People/Places/Things… Well at Least People

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Welcome to new members Andy Creyer and Stephanie Farra who not only joined but participated in Sail Handling and the ship move to Pier 3…way to jump right in…and Andy lives in Reading.

It was good to see Peter O’Toole up from Florida and helping out on Gazela…he ‘supervised’ the disassembly of the sail locker as Susan Clarke and Laura Bogan finessed the pieces into the hold.

We received an e-mail from former members Ann and Rick Pantaleoni stating that they will be back.

July news

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Al Ponessa included a great video link in his newsletter last night showing news footage of Gazela at Schaefer’s Canal House on the return trip from Norfolk in June.

Lots of other newsworthy developments as well. More good reasons to Subscribe to the newsletter!. You can read the full newsletter following the jump but here are some highlights:

  • On Saturday, July 13 we celebrated Paul Parson’s full life in the Quaker way on board Gazela. Over 50 friends, shipmates and relatives, including his daughter Naomi Paskins-Parsons and partner Beth Scheinfeld, shared fond memories of Paul.
  • Keep posted for some more summer fun with plays, art shows, etc. taking place on the deck of Gazela. Crew calls will be coming as dates are firmed up.
  • Tony Souza is building two more dories for Gazela. Volunteers needed. Check out progress.
  • For new members and those who need a refresher, let Al know if you are interested in Level 1 Training. For prospective members, you can contact the guild office if you would like become a member and take part.
  • Philadelphia Sailing Club will be conducting an Intermediate Sailing Skills training session in Bala Cynwyd at the Cynwyd Club on Aug 24 from 8:30 to 4:00.


KYW Talks About Upcoming Repairs

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Here’s a short overview of plans for short-term and long-term Gazela repairs. From KYW:

Philadelphia’s tall ship, Gazela, will be sailing up to Staten Island, NY next month for a short, two-week inspection haul.

But those responsible for maintaining the historic ship are also looking for a drydock to perform some longer-term maintenance.

Read the rest on their site…

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