Sail Her Home (The Schooner Ernestina Song) by the Rum Soaked Crooks

Here’s a beautiful song that was written sung by the Rum-Soaked Crooks about the Schooner Ernestina. It was performed at the recent Concert for the Seamen’s Bethel Restoration Fund. (Please Help me Help the Seamen’s Bethel – Oct. 6, 2010) It was a fun evening with great songs for a worthy cause.

On Saturday, October 30th the New Bedford Whaling Museum will be hosting an event to help chart a future course for another worthy cause, the Schooner Ernestina. For more information, visit the Sail Ernestina website or Facebook page.

“Oh, how she scoons!” – Adventuress wins $125k Partners in Presevation Grant

Great news today for the tall ships / sail training world!

Schooner Adventuress

Schooner Adventuress won the Seattle/Puget Sound Initiative of the Partners in Preservation $125,000 Grant. The program is sponsored American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. People were encouraged to visit the website and vote every day for one of 25 special historic sites, many of which have maritime significance.

The final vote was extremely close with Adventuress edging out Town Hall Seattle by a single percentage point (20% to 19%). Recognizing the incredible support that both organizations received in the competition, and as a demonstration of solid corporate social responsibility, Partners in Preservation decided to award two full $125,000 grants, the first time in the program’s history.

Sound Experience did an amazing job using social media to engage stakeholders and mobilize support. From Zachary Simonson Bond’s fantastic introductory YouTube video with it’s clear calls to action …

…to Frank DePalma’s screencast

…to the daily Twitter and Facebook follow-ups which often pointed us to their creative blog (My Fair Vote, Romeo and the VoteGone with the Vote).

All of this made it fun to be involved. Of course, they sweetened the pot by giving voters the opportunity to win a daysail for 45 on the historic schooner. Who wouldn’t want a chance at winning that?!

It takes passion for the cause, creative ideas and lots of hard work to pull off something like this. Hat’s off to Zach and Sound Experience Executive Director Catherine Collins for charting and sailing a proper course that other nonprofits would do well to study and follow.

By the way, here’s a link to an article from February 25, 1897 that appeared in The Day (New London) explaining how the term schooner came about.

Grab an oar and make a difference. Vote for the Boat!

Okay if you visit this blog you must like boats. So join me in helping one of America’s most historic and beautiful vessels win a $100,000. grant from American Express.

How many times do you find yourself wanting to support a worthy sail training cause but can’t afford it? Well, here’s your opportunity to make a real difference and not have it cost you a dime! It’s pretty simple too, just watch this:

No excuses!

Go here everyday between now and May 12th and vote for Schooner Adventuress and the odds are she’ll win. She’s currently got a thin lead, let’s make sure she keeps it.

Here’s everything you need to know to make this happen.

Thanks!

WTF? (What’s the Futtock?)

Welcome to Sea-Fever School, the best of online maritime culture education!

Today’s lesson comes to us from the National Historic Landmark schooner Adventuress and the amazing sail training / environmental education program, Sound Experience.

Pay attention, there may be a pop quiz later.

By the way, Sound Experience is running a contest on their Facebook page to give away a sail to a lucky winner and 44 of their friends and/or family. All you have to do is head over there and become a fan.  And while you’re at it, follow them on Twitter too!

Tall ship Amistad is still making waves after 10 years!

Amistad by Voytec Wacowski

Today’s Amistad’s 10th birthday!

Her berthplace, Mystic Seaport has a good post with some photos of Amistad under construction.

Today also marks another major historic milestone for Amistad: she’s the first US flagged vessel to make an official call in Cuba.

Amistad flying US, UN and Cuba flags

Congratulations and Happy Berthday!

Could the Brig Prince William replace the Barkentine Concordia?

Prince William by David Rowley on Flickr.com

Hmmm, she suffered her catastrophic casualty less than a week ago but it seems that thoughts of the Concordia’s replacement might be in some people’s minds. (Probe to shed light on sinking of S.V. Concordia)

West Island College International began with a leased vessel and had the Concordia built in 1992. A second ship was leased to handle an extra-large enrolment last year, but the Concordia was the only vessel the company operated this school year, Mr. McCarthy said.

He would not say how much the lost ship was insured for, but noted that the tall ship Prince William, which is for sale, was a roughly comparable vessel.

Chris Law, chief executive of the U.K.-based Tall Ships Youth Trust, said the trust hopes to get about £4.5-million for the nine-year-old Prince William. She noted that building a new version of such a ship would cost nearly four times as much.

The Prince William needs a new home and Class Afloat needs a ship if it plans to continue. Makes sense to me.

Here’s a copy of the Prince William sales brochure

I wrote about the Prince William a while back. Brig Sale Away?

Message from Class Afloat About Returning Concordia Students

The following message appeared this evening on the Class Afloat website:

Our Students Teachers and Professional Mariners mustered together this morning for their final colors led by the Captain of the Concordia.

The whole crew arrived at the hotel last night.  According to an Alumni parent who was on scene for the evening our students were bedraggled but happy and full of energy.  First step off the bus was into the dining hall where all were well fed. From there, they moved into a large conference room that had been set up with chairs and tables. Small groups were then taken to a side room where they were first screened and quickly assessed for medical checkups and/or a chat with a trained psychologist. There were two doctors and two psychologists who attended to all.

Boxes of clothes were brought in by the Embassy that had been contributed by the Brazilian Navy and today, through the ship’s agent, additional clothes will be distributed for the trip home.

The story that is slowly emerging from our students and professional staff is of the heroic communal effort that saved all aboard.  Students, well drilled in the emergency procedures of the vessel, helped one another and the professional crew in the extraordinary evacuation.   That all were saved is a testament to the training, equipment  and professionalism of our shipboard community.

Arrival of the Canadian contingent of the crew cannot yet be confirmed by our office.  Class Afloat understands the need of the press to continue to tell this story; however, it should be clear to all concerned that when the children arrive, that reuniting with their parents must be first and foremost.

Nigel McCarthy 902-634-1895