Matthew Turner 2018-03-14T20:25:28+00:00

Call of the Sea is constructing a traditional wooden tall ship, MATTHEW TURNER, which will serve as an experiential learning platform for Bay Area youth.

The construction of the new vessel will expand the capacity of programs that are currently running onboard SEAWARD, which currently serves middle school aged youth and engages them in marine environmental education. Expanded programming will enable Call of the Sea to reach more students (from 5,000 to 15,000 served annually) and add curriculum for higher grade levels allowing Call of the Sea to provide greater access to programming for Bay Area youth.

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This tall ship is designed after the ship Galilee, which was built in the late 1800’s by the ship designer and builder Matthew Turner. The Galilee held the San Francisco to Tahiti passage record of 19 days for many years.

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  • Ship’s Specifications:

    Length Overall: 132′
    Length on Deck: 100′
    Beam: 25′
    Draft: 10′
    Sail Area: (11 Sails) 7,200 sq ft
    Height of main mast: 100ft
    Displacement: 175 tons
    38 Berths for voyaging
    Constructed with Douglas Fir, Oregon White Oak and Bronze Fastenings
    Two 200 KW electric motors regenerating power under sail
    Two 50 KWH banks of Lithium batteries
    Two 265 KW bio-fuel generators

Project Partners

For nearly 30 years, The Conservation Fund has been saving special places across America. They have protected 7 million acres of land and water across all 50 states, from neighborhood parks to historic battlefields, wild areas and favorite destinations of all kinds. Working with community, government and business partners, they strive to balance economic and environmental goals. The Conservation Fund donated the Douglas Fir Trees we’ll be using to build the ship.

The Bay Model has supported our operations since 2005 by allowing its pier to be the home base for schooner Seaward. They have also invited Matthew Turner to operate from their Pier, one of the premier locations in the Bay Area to sail from.

Andy Davis our N.A. and P.E., MS, Naval Architecture, U.C. Berkeley, 1991. BS., Naval Architecture, 1989. BA., Dickinson College, 1973. Prior to joining Tri Coastal Marine in 1991, Andy worked as a builder and designer of large sailing vessels. He was the builder of the Spirit of Massachusetts. With his unique background, he combines practical building expertise with the theoretical knowledge and insights of a trained engineer. He directs operations at the company headquarters in Richmond, California. Andy is a professional engineer.

Michael Rex Associates is an architectural firm dedicated to enriching people’s lives through the creation of environments that are functional, beautiful and enduring. This vision holds true regardless of style, scale or budget. With our staff and clients working together, we enthusiastically strive to produce the best work possible.

The California Heritage Council is dedicated to preserving and honoring those places and buildings which have given quality and distinction to the cultural life of California.

Construction Enterprises Inc. provided the ship with all needed scaffolding.

West Marine and their management team offer financial and technical support.

Building our ship on the working waterfront in Sausalito is nothing short of a dream, and it is happening thanks to the Berg family, who generously donated the shipyard site.

Rotary of Marin Sunrise gave generous support and help.

Rotary of Sausalito gave generous support and help.

Partners in developing the collaborative group FLOW in Sausalito. Visit their website here.

New Image Coatings provided ‘Seal-once’ used as the major wood sealing product on Matthew Turner.

Sausalito Yacht ClubSan Francisco Yacht Club, and St FrancisYacht Club and their members have helped to raise money for student scholarships and building Matthew Turner.

West Systems Epoxy sponsors their resins and offers technical help.

Matthew Turner F.A.Q.s 2018-02-14T20:39:26+00:00

Q: How big will the ship be?
A: 132’ over all, 100’ on deck, 25’ wide, 10’ draft (deep in the water), 175 tons weight and the mainmast will be 100 feet tall.

Q: How long will it take to build?
A: About 5 years. The keel was set in October, 2018.

Q: How much will the ship cost and how much money has been raised so far?
A: The total projected cost of the ship is $6.8 million dollars. This cost covers the construction of the vessel and the development of educational programs. We have raised $6 million in cash, pledges and in-kind donations.

Q: What makes this ship sustainable?
A: All the materials and methods used will be of the highest sustainable and recyclable standards available. Plus, the ship will produce her own energy and propulsion needs through a state-of-the-art hybrid system using wind power to produce electrical generation.

Q: What’s the historical connection?
A: The vessel is based on renowned Bay Area ship builder, Matthew Turner, and his design of the Galilee, which came to rest at the foot of Napa Street in Sausalito. Her stern is permanently on display at Fort Mason in the GGNRA.

Q: What’s the ship’s purpose, who will sail on her?
A: The ship’s purpose it to connect people of all ages to the sea through sailing. She will serve as an educational platform for Bay Area youth.

Q: Where will the ship be docked once she is complete?
A: Thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, she will be docked at the Bay Model Visitor Center’s Pier in Sausalito. This location will allow srudents to learn about the Bay’s unique geography and hydrology on shore, and on deck.

Q: Where’s does the funding come from?
A: Funds have been received, both small and large donations, from individuals and Foundations that share our values and support our mission.

Q: Who will build it?
A: Educational Tall Ship, Inc., former 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, began the project under the direction of Alan Olson. ETS then merged with Call of the Sea, and the project continues to be lead by Alan Olson. Tri-Coastal Marine, Inc’s naval architects and their engineers will oversee quality control and act as agents for USCG vessel certification. The building crew is made up of Sausalito and Bay Area shipwrights, carpenters, marine technicians, volunteers and students.

Q: Why are you using wood?
A: Wood is a renewable local resource that is environmentally friendly. We are using sustainable timber with a FSC designation. By building with traditional methods, we honor the knowledge, skills and master craftsmanship historically used in our nineteenth century San Francisco ship yards. With proper maintenance, we believe this ship will still be sailing for a hundred years.

Q: Why build in Sausalito?
A: Sausalito is a great place to build due to its central location, easy public access and strong community support. There is also a vibrant boating community with many skilled maritime workers who would benefit from the commerce and exposure. Building in Sausalito honors its long-standing maritime traditions and offers opportunity for the waterfront community to be acknowledged as maritime leaders in the Bay Area.

Q: Why so many sails, what’s a brigantine?
A: The eleven sails offer a perfect opportunity to engage many students in an exciting and meaningful hands-on experience at one time. They must use team work and communicate well to power the ship safely. Brigantines have square sails on the fore mast for down wind and beam reach sailing. They were an advanced design and a technologically superior rig in the 19th century for both ocean passages and coastal sailing. They were displaced when steamships became cheaper to operate. Going aloft into the rig to set and take in the square sails is a right of passage and an experience that is never forgotten.