Goldie is coming into his 5th season in Niagara. He started off as an Able Seaman in 2008 and 2009. He came back in 2011 as a mate and engineer. He also has worked 3 winters here at the Erie Maritime Museum working in the Rig Shop building the Fore Shrouds, working at the shipyard and tackling many engineering projects. This season he will be sharing Second Mate duties with Pat Crosby so both of them will be able to take care of their engineering or carpentry duties while the other one is standing the watch. Goldie’s time in Niagara was had him taking part in all aspects of the operation. He is both useful and competent in the rig or in the engine room and spends time doing both throughout the uprig period. Last Winter/Spring he even joined the carpentry crew at the shipyard to get some exposure to the wood working aspect of the wooden sailing ship world. Goldie is willing to work in any capacity to fulfill the needs of the ship and the ship is a better place for it.
Goldie has been looking forward to the 2013 season since his return in 2011 and with his help it’s going to be a great summer.
And in case you read his bio from 2009, he is still doing well holding up to the reputation of my childhood best friend who was a male golden retriever that I named Goldie.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
The first day of the season was on March 14th. 7 of the 17 seasonal crew are now here to add to the 4 full-time members of the pro crew. These 12 plus our numerous volunteers who come down everyday will be the crew that are going to rig the ship this Spring. The rest of the crew will arrive during the month of May after we start sailing. David Goldman, Michael Pierson and Sydnee Groenendaal have been here since Jan 4th as our winter maintenance crew either working down in the Rig Shop or out in the Engine Room getting ready for the 2013 season.
The crew has been fighting the elements to get the ship rigged so far. The first and second weeks of rigging were held up due to snow and January like conditions but they have been gaining ground everyday that it has not been snowing or not below 20 degrees. Once the winter cover came off we were able to get a crane to come in a week later to send up both topmasts and all of their associated rigging, both lower yards, the jibboom, the spanker boom, both anchors and all of the deck boxes. The crane has helped us make up some time from all the bad weather. The weather this week finally has temperatures in the 50′s and we should be outside everyday working so anyone who is interested in seeing how to put together brig come on down and we will put you to work.
Over the course of the next few weeks I will post a bio of each of the seasonal crew that will be sailing with us this summer so all of you can get an idea of who your crew will be this year.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Here you can see Dylan and Matt, 2 of our OS’s, sewing whippings into some new topsail braces.
And here you can see Isaiah, an AB, and the new intern knitting a new headrig net.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
While working at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as the Assistant Registrar Rocky started volunteering on the Barque Elissa which is a iron barque in Galveston, Texas. Elissa is also where Captain Heerssen got his start in tall ships. Rocky spent the next 10 years with Elissa volunteering making it up to the rank of Mast Captain. Rocky also spent the 2000 summer sailing in Niagara for Niagara’s last East Coast voyage.
In January of 2005 Rocky retired from the world of Academia, gave up her life ashore and went to sea starting out on the schooner Sultana as a deckhand during the 2005 season. By 2006 Rocky came back to Niagara as an AB and stayed for the 2007 season as well. Throughout the rest of 2007 and all of 2008 and part of 2009 she has been working for Sea Education Association as Third Mate with which she will continue with next winter.
I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Rocky for 2 seasons in Niagara. During the 2007 season she was my AB. Throughout that entire summer Rocky was ,well, my rock. Her dedication to not only the ship and her shipmates but to her new-found profession makes her extremely valuable. Her passion for sailing and sail training inspires all who work with her or for her. She makes everyone’s job easier and her presence is calming to all on board.
Rocky is a very patient and caring teacher. She will work with you until you have fully figured something out and can go forth and do the task with confidence. All trainees and crew will find in Rocky a confidant and a role model.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )
When I was 3 years old I picked out what became the best friend a boy could ever have. He was a Golden Retriever who was my closest friend and companion until I was in High School. I named this dog Goldie(I was 3). I tell all of you this only so you can know the standards that our Goldie had to live up to in order to be called a name that I hold in such high regard. So far he has not let me down.
Goldie is from Rochester, NY and grew up on Lake Ontario. By the age of 4 months he had sailed across Lake Ontario on his parents boat. While growing up he spent many summer cruising Lake Ontario. Goldie also spent time in England as a sailing instructor while he and his family were living in London. While in the Boy Scouts Goldie reached the level of Eagle Scout with a Lake Ontario based final service project.
In 2003 Goldie started his career in tall ships on the schooner Victory Chimes. This is the largest of all the Maine Windjammers sailing in the Penobscot Bay fleet. Goldie also spent time sailing with South Street Seaport on Lettie G. Howard and a couple years with Ocean Classroom on the their 3 vessels. He holds a 100 ton Near Coastal Master’s USCG License and an AB Special MMD.
Because of a prior commitment Goldie was not able to join the ship until the beginning of June. We then very soon after left for Toronto which was one of our hardest passages of the summer. We were already by then a very close knit crew but Goldie had no trouble at all fitting into the mix due to his positive attitude and his infectious laugh. Goldie’s laugh will most likely be heard by most of the ship’s company and usually they will end up joining in whether or not they know what the joke was.
Goldie’s positive attitude and selfless dedication to the ship and the crew have made him an extremely valueable member of this crew both during the sailing season and the winter. Goldie’s presence this winter has been instrumental in keeping such a strong volunteer core. Rob and I could not have done it without him. Trainees will enjoy working with Goldie again this summer.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )
Pat is born and raised right here in the Erie area. Pat started his life on the water aboard the Enticer. Pat owned and operated this boat as a sport fishing charter boat from 1991 until 1999. He worked at the Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies for a year as well before coming to Niagara full time in September of 2005.
Pat starting volunteering on the ship in the fall of 1999 loading the trucks to send the ship to Philadelphia for her last East Coast voyage. He then spent the next 5 years between volunteering and working on service contracts as a carpenter.
Since Pat started working for the ship full time he has spent time as Carpenter, Assistant Engineer, AB and he will be sailing as the Engineer this summer. Pat has worn many hats while sailing on the ship and many things have been asked of him. He does all these things enthusiastically. Pat loves Niagara and will do anything to help the ship and his shipmates. His dedication to the ship and shipmates is infectious and all who sail with him are inspired to work as hard as he does.
This year Pat will be changing his blue shirt to a khaki shirt. This will be his first year as an officer and he deserves it. He also holds a 200 ton master’s license on top of all that experience. We are lucky to have him on the ship.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
Rob started sailing on tall ships at Tabor Academy on the schooner SSV Tabor Boy. This is also where he and I met while we both students at Tabor. By the time Rob left the SSV Tabor Boy he had risen to the rank of XO which the equivalent of Chief Mate at the ripe old age of 17. He also implemented a formal sail training program on the schooner as a senior project. This sail training program is something I used later as a tool to help create my own sail training program at Maine Maritime Academy. He spent his college years at Hobart College racing dinghies and getting a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in geology but luckily for us he came back to tall ships after graduation.
Rob came to Niagara as an AB but as the Boatswain berth opened up he was the obvious candidate. Rob will now be entering his first full season as Boatswain and second season on the ship. His tireless work over this winter will be quite apparent to anyone who steps aboard. The ship looks better now than I have seen it and that is in large part due to the work Rob has accomplished.
Rob’s teaching background and calm demeanor will give the trainees this summer comfort in learning the miriad of things they will need to know in a very short period of time. Rob always has a smile on his face and anyone who gets the opportunity to sail with him will usually have that same smile as well.
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Chris started his career at sea in the United States Coast Guard at the age of 18. After 4 years in the UCSG taking him from places such as Homer, Alaska to the Panama Canal, he entered Maine Maritime Academy where he spent 2 years and currently holds a 200 Near Coastal License.
He spent last season as Third Mate and Engineer. This summer he will continue his duties as Third Mate and will be taking over the Safety Officer duties. With myself, Joe and Chris we will have 3 officers going into their second year in the same positions. This is a huge benefit to the ship. The learning curve will not be as steep which will let us hit the ground running.
Chris’s positive attitude and ability to liven up the atmosphere with the crew is invaluable with maintaining a high level of morale on the ship. His passion for Niagara and our sail training program shines through in all the work he does on board.
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