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Help support Adventure and Education Under Sail

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 29, 2016

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Educating our youth to contribute affirmatively to society is one of the most important responsibilities of every generation.  Tall Ships America takes it up as our core mission.  Indeed, it stands as the very heart of our seafaring programs.   We take students out of the classroom — and away from their electronic screens — and into the wide world of the sea where they can test themselves through real-world adventure aboard traditional sailing ships.

Education under sail provides what traditional classrooms cannot: lessons and discoveries that occur “in the field”, where they are internalized through daily practical application and first-hand experience. When students return at the end of their voyage, they are more excited to learn than ever before.  Through their sea experience, they have discovered that learning is living.

But if Tall Ships America is to continue to advance these vital educational programs, we need your support for our Annual Fund appeal.  We’ve set an ambitious goal to raise $85,000 before year’s end, and thanks to several generous early donations, we are more than 25% toward that goal. If you have not yet contributed to Tall Ships America’s 2016 Annual Fund, please take a moment to do so now with a donation of the most generous amount you can give.  If you have already contributed, please accept our heartfelt thanks.  We’d be grateful for your consideration of an additional gift before year’s end.

Your vital contribution will directly support the programs, events and activities that change young people’s lives.  Thank you for your support.

Support Tall Ships America and future tall ships sailors today!

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Picton Castle Bosun School

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 7, 2016

2016 Bosun School Poster 2

 

 

This fall, at the Bosun School session scheduled, we will be using Picton Castle to teach and practise a large range of critical rigging techniques, sailmaking and wooden boat building. Also we will be taking advantage of our large wooden boat collection of dories, longboats, skiffs, sloops, cutters and small schooners to teach and get lots of practice in small boat handling here in Lunenburg Harbour. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sail on EAGLE this September!

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 4, 2016

USCGC Eagle. Photo Credit: Thad Koza

USCGC Eagle. Photo Credit: Thad Koza

Enjoy a unique opportunity for Tall Ships America Members to advance their professional training, qualifications, skills, and credentials in a sail training program aboard America’s Tall Ship.

Experienced tall ships sailors are invited to join Captain Meilstrup and Coast Guard Officer Candidates on a voyage September 3rd to 17th. Restrictions apply. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

During this run, sailors will join Coast Guard crew and officer trainees. Participants will embark on Saturday, September 3rd, in Baltimore, MD. EAGLE will moor in Charleston, SC on Friday, September 9th. EAGLE will depart Charleston on Monday, September 12th and sail back to Baltimore for arrival on Saturday, September 17th.

This opportunity is open to new applicants only. Applicants must be current Tall Ships America members between 18 and 50 years of age and should be experienced mariners interested in professional development. Be advised that berthing is in the trainee accommodations.

This experience will be a great resume-enhancer and tonnage-time booster! Applications must be received no later than 15 August at 1700 EDT.

See below for program and application details.

Program Details:

1.)You must be at least 18 years old and not more than 50 years old.

2.) You must be fit, willing and able to work aloft. You must pass a medical clearance.

3.) You must be a U.S. Citizen.

4.) You will be full a participant, along with the USCG trainees, in the operation of the ship: standing watch, helm, lookout, bridge, maintenance, working aloft, galley and all other regular trainee duties.

5.) You are welcome and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend training classes with the USCG trainees.

6.) The ideal candidate is an experienced, rising sail training practitioner. This program is not for “Old Salts”, and it is not for first-timers.

7.) Upon successful completion of the program, EAGLE will issue to you (if you request it) a letter of Sea Service or other formal documentation of your sea service in EAGLE. 8.) Participants must pay $12/day for food and expenses, etc.

Application Details:

1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at erin@tallshipsamerica.org

2.) You must be a Tall Ships America member in good standing to apply. Not a member? Become one now!

3.) Applications must include the following:

a.) Resume of your traditional ship experience, as crew or as trainee

b.) Letter of recommendation from your current (or most recent) Captain or First Mate

c.) Completed Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement (to be completed once application is received and accepted)

d.) Completed Guest Medical Forms. NOTE: This requires a consultation with a doctor.

This opportunity is available to you based on the mutual regard and respect that is shared between the EAGLE leadership and Tall Ships America, and in support of our shared mission in promoting leadership training under sail. This is truly a rare and special opportunity, and we are very happy to be able make it available to you, the up-and-coming next generation of sail training officers and crew.

We expect that all participants in this program will work hard and do their best to uphold the excellent relations that exist between EAGLE and the civilian sail training community, and in all ways observe and respect the policies, procedures, and rules of comportment as established aboard EAGLE.

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Last Minute EAGLE Opportunity

Posted by Tall Ships America on February 23, 2016

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USCGC Eagle. Photo Credit: Thad Koza

Enjoy a unique opportunity for Tall Ships America Members to advance their professional training, qualifications, skills, and credentials in a sail training program aboard America’s Tall Ship.

Experienced tall ships sailors are invited to join Captain Meilstrup and Coast Guard Officer Candidates on a voyage March 8th-26th . Restrictions apply. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

During this run, sailors will join Coast Guard crew and officer trainees. Participants will embark on Tuesday, March 8th, in Baltimore, MD. EAGLE will have a short port call in Little Creek before mooring in Savannah, GA on Wednesday, March 16th. EAGLE will depart Savannah on Saturday, March 19th and sail back to Baltimore for arrival on Saturday, March 26th. Please note, the leg from Baltimore to Little Creek will be motoring ONLY.

This opportunity is open to new applicants only. Applicants must be current Tall Ships America members between 18 and 50 years of age and should be experienced mariners interested in professional development. Be advised that berthing is in the trainee accommodations and participant berths will be available from Monday, March 7th through midday on Sunday, march 27th.

This experience will be a great resume-enhancer and tonnage-time booster! Applications must be received no later than 1 March at 1700 EST.

See below for program and application details.

Program Details:

1.)You must be at least 18 years old and not more than 50 years old.

2.) You must be fit, willing and able to work aloft. You must pass a medical clearance.

3.) You must be a U.S. Citizen.

4.) You will be full a participant, along with the USCG trainees, in the operation of the ship: standing watch, helm, lookout, bridge, maintenance, working aloft, galley and all other regular trainee duties.

5.) You are welcome and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend training classes with the USCG trainees.

6.) The ideal candidate is an experienced, rising sail training practitioner. This program is not for “Old Salts”, and it is not for first-timers.

7.) Upon successful completion of the program, EAGLE will issue to you (if you request it) a letter of Sea Service or other formal documentation of your sea service in EAGLE. 8.) Participants must pay $12/day for food and expenses, etc.

Application Details:

1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at erin@tallshipsamerica.org

2.) You must be a Tall Ships America member in good standing to apply. Not a member? Become one now!

3.) Applications must include the following:

a.) Resume of your traditional ship experience, as crew or as trainee

b.) Letter of recommendation from your current (or most recent) Captain or First Mate

c.) Completed Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement (to be completed once application is received and accepted)

d.) Completed Guest Medical Forms. NOTE: This requires a consultation with a doctor.

This opportunity is available to you based on the mutual regard and respect that is shared between the EAGLE leadership and Tall Ships America, and in support of our shared mission in promoting leadership training under sail. This is truly a rare and special opportunity, and we are very happy to be able make it available to you, the up-and-coming next generation of sail training officers and crew.

We expect that all participants in this program will work hard and do their best to uphold the excellent relations that exist between EAGLE and the civilian sail training community, and in all ways observe and respect the policies, procedures, and rules of comportment as established aboard EAGLE.

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Inland Seas

Posted by Tall Ships America on February 23, 2016

Inland Seas Photo Google Images

Inland Seas
Photo Google Images

Where you’ll find the ship

Lake Michigan

Fun Facts

Inland Seas just recently announced they would be hosting a 7-day Teen cruise through Lake Huron in conjunction with Crystalaire Adventures this upcoming summer. This would be an opportune experience for any National Maritime Sailtraining Scholarship applicants to participate in!

The backstory

Established in 1989, Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) set out to teach culturally diverse students throughout Michigan, the Midwest and beyond about the science and heritage of the Great Lakes. The goal of every program they run is to encourage young people to pursue scientific academic interests related to the Great Lakes to ensure an enhanced understanding and stewardship of the area in the future.

Who Sails

School groups and individuals of all ages.

http://schoolship.org/

Tune in next Tuesday to see what Oscar worthy Tall Ship will be featured next!

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about GAZELA PRIMEIRO

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 29, 2015

Gazela Priemeiro Photo by D. Whitman

Gazela Primeiro Photo by D. Whitman

Where you’ll find her cruising around
Delaware River, Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Coast

Fun Fact
Gazela
was one of the last dory mother ships (similar to Schooner Adventure!) and is over 100 years old – she was built in 1901.

The Backstory
At a century old, where do you begin? Built in Portugal at the turn of the 20th century, Gazela Primeiro fished the Grand Banks for nearly seventy years. She would leave Portugal in the spring with 90 tons of salt, and return in the fall with 350 tons of salt cod. Since 1971, she has called Philadelphia home. Owned and operated by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, a nonprofit volunteer organization, Gazela sails as a goodwill ambassador for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Port of Philadelphia.

Who Sails
Volunteer members of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild

www.gazela.org

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about ADVENTURE

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 22, 2015

Adventure Photo Credit C. Briscoe

Adventure Photo Credit C. Briscoe

 

 

Where you’ll find the ship
Massachusetts Bay and the Gulf of Maine

Fun Fact
Schooner Adventure was a “highliner”, the biggest money maker of all time, landing nearing $4 million worth of cod and halibut during her fishing career. When retired in 1953, she was the last American dory fishing trawler left in the Atlantic.

The backstory
The Schooner Adventure is a National Historic Landmark and a Project of Save America’s Treasures. She was built in 1926 by the John F. James and Son Shipyard and launched in Essex, Massachusetts. The Gloucester Adventure, Inc. organization has been in custody of the vessel since she was donated in 1988. Since 1997, the vessel has undergone a stem-to-stern restoration. She sails as an educational resource for the Cape Ann community, focusing on Adventure’s history and Gloucester maritime heritage.

Who Sails
Students of all ages; members of the Adventure organization; community; tourists; private corporations

www.schooner-adventure.org

Tune in next Tuesday to see what Schooner Adventure has in common with Gazela Primeiro in Philadelphia.

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about EUROPA

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 15, 2015

Europa sails into Toronto during the 2010 TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Photo Credit: P. Lock

Europa sails into Toronto during TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Great Lakes 2010 Photo Credit: P. Lock

Where you find the ship cruising around
Worldwide

Fun fact
Europa  was built in 1911 and originally served as a lightship in the entrance of the river Elbe. She is one of the only tall ships that regularly sails to Antarctica every year. Tall Ships America Intern -Summer 2007, Matt Maples, spent several seasons on Europa and you can read about his adventures on his (now defunct but no less wonderful) blog.

The backstory
Europa was fully restored in 1994 and since then has sailed all over the world. She regularly participates in tall ship races and ocean crossings. With her professional crew of 14 and a guest crew of 48, everyone gets to sail the ship. For a glimpse into the life aboard Europa, follow their logbook.

Who sails
Youth trainees, individuals, families, and groups of all ages and nationalities.

 

www.barkeuropa.com

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about TABOR BOY

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 8, 2015

Image provided by Tabor Academy

Image provided by Tabor Academy

Where you’ll find the ship
Coastal New England in the summer and offshore Atlantic and Caribbean during the school year.

Fun Fact
Sail training has been taught at Tabor Academy since 1918 and Tabor Boy (originally a North Sea pilot schooner built in 1914) has carried Tabor students since 1954. And they have a documentary! Tabor Boy: One Hundred Years at Sea

The backstory
Built near Amsterdam in 1914 as a Dutch North Sea pilot schooner, the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Tabor Boy originally carried the name Pilot Schooner #2.

As a fall and spring extracurricular activity, the vessel sails with an all-student crew under an adult captain to enable upperclassmen to take  on the roles and responsibilities of mates and officers. Coastwise cruising and offshore voyages are combined with oceanology studies.
During the summer, one week cruises (“Orientation at Sea” program) enables up to fifteen trainees to be fully involved in sailing and living aboard the vessel while studying marine wildlife, ecology and history of the New England Coast. Winter programs feature sailing and snorkeling in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands to observe and document endangered coral reef ecosystems.
Who sails
Tabor Academy students

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Help support Adventure and Education Under Sail

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 6, 2015

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– Discovering one’s own strength and capacity to succeed through facing the challenges of the sea.
– Learning to cooperate and to lead by being part of a dedicated ship’s crew.
– Practicing the skills, arts and self-sufficiency of traditional seamanship and navigation.

These experiences help transform uncertain and unformed youths into successful citizens and confident leaders. And these are the values that are carefully preserved and generously offered by the member vessels of Tall Ships America in programs of education under sail.  (click here to read our “Profiles in Sail Training”)

We ask for your help to carry on in this important effort, by making a gift to Tall Ships America’s Annual Appeal.  This year we have received a $50,000 2-for-1 Challenge Grant, which will match your contribution with two dollars for each dollar that you give.  Your gift of $100 will be worth $300 to support our programs.

We look forward to having you aboard with us as a valued shipmate, and we thank you for your support. We will close our Annual Appeal on December 31, so please make your gift now to support adventure and education under sail.

You can read the complete Annual Appeal letter, and donate, on our website

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