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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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
Top: Danie, Rob, Nat, Whitney, Ed, Aaron, Ethan, Sabrina, David C., Marcus
(And Alan behind the camera.)
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.
There are a lot of thank you’s owed to a lot of people for making Gazela’s 42nd Anniversary fundraiser last night such a big success.
First thank you is to the great crowd of about 80 people who attended. Second thank you is to the 20+ donors of auction items. A big, big thank you to the crew who manned the event, both in the museum and aboard Gazela, and an extra big thank you to Linda Collier for her excellent party-planning and promotion of the event.
Our angel, Mary Smith, was there, and brought 10 of her family. She also made a generous donation. Part of what we celebrated was the feature of our book, The Heart of a Ship — Stories from the Crew of Gazela Primeiro in Yachting Magazine. The book’s publication was both inspired and underwritten by Mary several years ago. Thank you, Mary, for everything!
Kudos also to John Brady and his staff at the Independence Seaport Museum for donating the use of the William Wikoff Smith gallery.
Looking forward to next year, please save the date, July 8, 2014, for Gazela “43”. Anyone with suggestions about how we can improve on last night’s event, please shoot me an email.
We will be posting more pictures from the event, and a complete list of donors soon.
Last night we lost a member of our Guild family, Paul Parsons. He passed away suddenly last night and will surely be missed by all who knew him. Whether it was planning for and cooking for a trip or starting up the shanty singing at potlucks, he knew how to improve morale and get people engaged. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and wish them all the best in this difficult time.
In this video clip, on June 12 in Baltimore, Paul talks from the Gazela galley about his role as ship’s cook.