October 31, 2012 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Robin Walbridge had been in a lot of dicey situations as the captain of the HMS Bounty, an 18th-century replica tall ship that was the set of countless movie dramas. But none of his journeys was as treacherous, perhaps, as navigating through a hurricane churning up the East Coast, becoming part of an epic storm - and a daring rescue - that seemed ripped from the Hollywood films that made the ship famous. Walbridge's wife describes him as a passionate, experienced captain, one with a cool head and a kind heart.
June 10, 2012 |
NEW YORK — Pity the War of 1812. Its bicentennial is at hand and events are planned for all over North America, from Canada, Pennsylvania, and the Great Lakes to the South. But good luck finding someone who can explain in 10 words or less what the war was about. Some historians see the war as a last gasp by England to control its former colonies, and it's sometimes called the Second War of Independence. At the time, Americans viewed the war "as an opportunity for us to throw off Britain once and for all," said Troy Bickham, author of a new book, The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire and the War of 1812.
September 18, 2011 |
Did pirates really shout "Arrrrgh!" from the rigging? Did they ever eat meatball sandwiches during lulls in the shooting? And one wonders: Were they all named Chris? Those are some of the questions that randomly emerged Sunday during a mock pirate skirmish on the Delaware River. The fight pitted Philadelphia's tall ship, Gazela, against a weird assortment of enemies on the water, with some landlubbers thrown in - tall ships Kalmar Nyckel from Delaware and the AJ Meerwald from New Jersey; the cruiser Olympia; battleship New Jersey; Summer Wind, a Chinese junk based in Philadelphia; and even Fort Mifflin, whose shooters were on the Penn's Landing pier.
March 19, 2011 |
The Coast Guard's Barque Eagle, a tall ship built by the Germans in 1936 and taken by the United States after World War II, kicked off its 75th anniversary tour at Penn's Landing yesterday. The ship - originally known as the Horst Wessel - first set sail as United States property on May 20, 1946, when it left from Bremerhaven, Germany. Shockingly, even though the crew was formed with 10 U.S. and 10 German sailors only months after the war ended, tensions were subtle, said Emil Babish, a sailor who was on the maiden voyage.
July 24, 2010 |
Some of sailing's charm is its unpredictability. The wind dies, or blows too hard, or in the wrong direction. You surrender to nature and drop anchor, or tack, or change plans. But a five-year diversion has been just too long for devotees of Philadelphia's resident tall ship, Gazela. Hindered by a damaged rudder, the 175-foot square-rigger - built for high seas in 1883 - has confined its sailing adventures to the protected waters of the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay. On Sunday morning, however, the city's floating ambassador will hoist the sails on all three masts and, for the first time since 2005, leap into the waves of the blue Atlantic.
June 21, 2010 |
As a young girl, Esther B. Missel impressed her teachers with her drawings and paintings. After high school, she took art classes in Hartford, Conn., and New York City, and developed a talent for flowers and scenic landscapes. Mrs. Missel became renowned for her marine art. Her depictions of tall ships have been displayed all over the country, including in the rotunda of the House Office Building in Washington. Mrs. Missel, 84, of Moorestown, died of cancer Friday, June 11, at her home.
December 21, 2008 |
Politician, banker, lawyer, shopaholic. Vincent J. Fumo is all of these. But it turns out that perhaps his chief obsession is for all things nautical. That's why, for many an hour in the former state senator's marathon corruption trial, jurors have been taken on a sea cruise of sorts. They have learned about Fumo's free trips on luxury yachts. About his enthusiasm for "half-hull" boat models - 3-foot-long, highly expensive wooden ships. About how a charity paid $150,000 for a painting of a tall ship that, it is said, ended up in Fumo's mansion.
June 22, 2007
Special Events 2007 Summer Sail Tall Ships, submarines, military vessels from the coast guard & navy & more. Public tours & educational programs. Closes 6/27. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. www.pennslandingcorp.com . City Harvest Tour by Trolley City Harvest program links incarcerated men & women from the Philadelphia Prison System with community gardeners & local food cupboards. White Dog Cafe, 3420 Sansom St.; 215-386-9224. www.whitedog.com . $45 includes muffins & coffee; trolley; 3-course lunch, tax & tip. 6/23 8:30 am. Healthy Hoops 2007 Kickoff Event Healthy Hoops is an innovative health education & management program from AmeriHealth Mercy for children & their families.
August 27, 2006 |
Talk about disappointing. Vacation plans were set, bags were packed, and the food had been ordered. Then the day before Philadelphia's tall ship the Gazela was supposed to set sail for the Newport Wooden Boat Festival in Rhode Island, the trip was canceled when a problem with a rudder was discovered. "I was heartbroken, crestfallen and devastated," said Marcus Brandt, 49, of Allentown, who along with his 16-year-old son, was one of 30 volunteer crew members planning to make the two-week voyage to the premier event.
September 4, 2005 |
"Two - six - heave. " Ten sailors for a day, wearing sunglasses, khaki shorts and sandals, heard the command and yanked hard on a thick rope as a 2,000-pound sail slowly unfurled up the nearly 70-foot mast. Beads of sweat appeared on their faces but failed to dampen their grins Monday, a hot, sunny afternoon. The A.J. Meerwald, a historic oyster schooner built in 1928, still sails, but with a different mission. Now officially New Jersey's tall ship, the A.J. Meerwald offers landlubbers a nautical adventure bundled with a history lesson.