What a week. What a month. What a winter, for that matter.
(Is winter over yet? I know the calendar is claiming that it’s spring, but we had to shovel snow off the deck this morning, and almost everyone was bundled up in coats, scarves, and fingerless gloves for crane day today. I caught the carpenter humming Christmas songs in the hallway this morning. It all seems very un-springlike.)
But whatever the weather’s decided, we’re operating under the assumption that warmer days, and the sailing season, are rapidly approaching. The winter cover is off, the mainmast is in–with a brand-new snow mast and gorgeous new fighting top–and the deck crew is hard at work tuning the fore and mainmasts, dressing yards, and loading out the ship with deck boxes, sweeps, carronades, engineering supplies, and–well, a whole boatload of stuff, basically.
Most of the seasonal crew has arrived, which means there are plenty of familiar faces working in the shop, on the ship, and around the plaza. We’re also welcoming several new deckhands, and a handful who are returning after a few years away. Come down to say hi and help rig a tall ship! Saturday work parties are busier than ever, and we have plenty of volunteers who stop by throughout the week, too.
By way of enticement, here are some pictures from crane day.
Other exciting news: the Lettie G. Howard! By now you’ve probably heard that we’re beginning a programmatic collaboration with South Street Seaport, in NYC, and that the schooner Lettie G. Howard will be arriving in Erie later this season. We’ll be offering public and private day sails out of Erie, and a Tall Ship Summer Camp program for ages 10-14. We’re planning 9 one-week sessions from mid-June through mid-August, so if you know any young people who are interested in sailing, get in touch with Marcus Masternak at at (814) 452-2744, ext. 222, or email email@example.com.
Lots more to come. It was a busy winter, and we’re not slowing down now.