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

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

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

Representing the Guild at the Woodworking Show

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Volunteers at the Woodworking Show in Somerset, NJ., Feb. 21-23
Volunteers at the Woodworking Show in Somerset, NJ., Feb. 21-23

Last weekend, February 21 to 23 a contingent of PSPG Volunteers staffed a booth at the Woodworking Show in Somerset, NJ. Thanks to Lisa Kolibabek for pursuing the idea and organizing the volunteers and Tony Souza for providing display materials.

Those who assisted during the weekend, answering questions about wooden boats sparking interest in the guild were: Howard Clemenko (booth arrangement), Don Little, Nat Bender, Andrew Adams, and Debbie Greenspan.

Cooks and Office Helpers Needed

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Nothing provides a welcome break to a hard workday on the ships like a good hot lunch. We have been fortunate enough the past few weekends to have just that treat. Thanks to the cooks who have stepped up to help, Debbie Greenspan, Julie Baker, and Anna Frangiosa. If you have a desire to join this group, please contact us at volunteer@gazela.org.

Mel Strieb is helping Ann Preston set up the office with some new software…thanks. Ann has requested some help with social media (Linked-in, Facebook, etc). If you can help and are interested please contact Ann at office@gazela.org.

Remember, the time you spend preparing meals at home to bring down and heat up counts as volunteer hours. So does time spent helping in the office.

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.
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Learning the Ropes

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Sunday’s sail handling class gave newer volunteers a solid overview of the system of lines and rigging that propel a square-rigged sailing vessel. Big thanks to our instructors Ed, Marcus, Rob, Whitney and Danie. Another class is expected to be held in a few weeks. Keep an eye on the newsletter for details.

Group photo bottom row: David S., Andy, Stephanie, Liam
Top: Danie, Rob, Nat, Whitney, Ed, Aaron, Ethan, Sabrina, David C., Marcus
(And Alan behind the camera.)

Celebrating 42 Years of Gazela in Philadelphia

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In case you missed it, take a look at video of Monday’s “Gazela 42” fundraiser (July 8, 2013) at the Independence Seaport Museum, which celebrated 42 the years since the tall ship Gazela was brought over from Portugal. There was plenty of food, drink, camaraderie and even a few salty tales from the sea. We had a blast hearing tales about the eventful trip that brought Gazela to us in 1971, and more about the years since.

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