Thursday, January 29, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
If you have a favorite photo of our ships and the crews at work, email us at email@example.com. Actually, we'd love a good shot of our figureheads for each boat. Send one in!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Hey, I thought the captain told you not to look down! Well, who can blame a guest on his first time up up the rigging. He's one of a couple of brave guests who took a tour aloft last Sunday on the Hawaiian Chieftain in Oceanside. (See previous post.) Thanks to Cindy Wallace for sending the photos. Do you have a favorite photo of your time on the Lady Washington or Hawaiian Chieftain? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the thrills of watching the crew manage the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain is their fearless climbing of the ships' rigging. It's a little bit like scaling a cliff, only the cliff is pitching, rolling, and yawing! And the view from the top is just as pleasing.
We're now offering all our guests the chance to try their hand at climbing the rigging with our new "Tours Aloft" activity at each port. A trained crewperson will strap you into a safety harness hooked up to fixed belay system. Then you climb the ratlines as high as you feel comfortable, as much as 70 feet off the water. You can do this at the dock or during a Battle Sail or Adventure Sail. We ask for a $20 donation.
Right now, we're in San Diego, and we'll be moving next to Oxnard. One of these might be your opportunity to enjoy this thrill!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Then we got the bill: more than $22K. The weekly conference call this morning was somber, but we're looking at the glass as half-full; our beloved Chieftain is up and running. Now we need to fill the rest of the glass, and we've decided to send out an appeal to past crew. Here's what we've come up with, signed by the boss:
Dear Crew Member,
I’m writing today because our Seaport family and your shipmates need your help. Just before Christmas, while in San Pedro, Hawaiian Chieftain suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure. The cooling system for the starboard main engine failed, which resulted in severe damage to the engine. A leak in the cooling system required welding, and engine had to be rebuilt. The boat was essentially out of service from Dec. 20 to Jan. 18.
Thanks to the heroic efforts of Capt. JB Morrison and the crews of both boats, we are now back to 100 percent capacity. But the bill is staggering: $22,000+. Those of you who have crewed with us during the winter know that December and January are the slowest months of the year for us in terms of revenue. We simply don’t have the money in our bank account right now to cover this bill and keep up with our typical monthly expenses.
You know that shipmates pull as one when storms blow hardest. I’m asking you today to help us with a donation in any amount so that we can pay for this repair and get back on course financially. Please call us at 800-200-5239 as soon as convenient and we will gladly accept your donation by credit or debit card. If you prefer to mail a check, here’s the address:
Hawaiian Chieftain Repair Fund
PO Box 2019
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Your contribution will be reserved for the Hawaiian Chieftain’s repairs. If you have questions or concerns, contact me at 800-200-5239 or email me at email@example.com.
Thank you again for your service to our ships. We look forward to sailing with you again soon.
We'd like to hear from you, too. So please give us a call.
Here's some photos taken by JB of the damage. To see a larger version, click the photo itself and a bigger one will pop up.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
In the bottom photo, left to right, are GHHSA board members Roy Pearmain, Laurie Rust, and Dee Harrington. Rounding out the group is Dick Wagner, founding director, Center for Wooden Boats. Several other folks joined us, including GHHSA executive director Les Bolton, and Larry Bledsoe, public works director, City of Aberdeen. The discussion was animated, and we always seemed to run out of time before all the ideas were heard.
Miller Hull generously donated the services, which will help us prepare cost projections, requests for proposals for architectural and engineering services, and initiate the permitting process. The materials will also help GHHSA create case statements and fundraising materials for the Seaport Landing capital campaign, which is now underway.
I'll have some more photos tomorrow.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
If you're interested in other ways to give to the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, check out our donation page.