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News & Events 2017-07-19T02:57:20+00:00


Stepping of the Mast!

Watch the installation of the lower Main and Foremasts on the Matthew Turner. Memorial coins and talismans will be placed under the masts, an ancient tradition to ensure good luck and safe passage. Viewing will be in the afternoon, roughly from 3:00-5:00pm. The best views will be from the picnic tables and lawn in front of the Bay Model. Matthew Turner logo merchandise and information about Call of the Sea’s educational programs will be available, as well as a chance to win a raffle to sail on Matthew Turner in 2018! There will be a party in the Tall Ship tent, located at 2300 Marinship Way, after the masts have been set. Come join us for hot dogs, beer and some good tall, ship building tales. If you have questions, call (415) 886-4973 Ext 1 or email   More information: Matthew Turner’s main mast and foremast are built, as was the tradition, in two sections each. The masts are constructed, epoxy laminated Douglas fir planks that have been hand-  shaped into massive, tapered cylinders. The yards and booms  are also constructed in this manner. The lower main and foremasts, weighing about 4,500 and  4,000 lbs. respectively, will be stepped into custom bronze fittings firmly secured to Matthew Turner’s keel.  The lower main mast will stand about 70 feet above the water. The upper main and foremasts, weighing about 2,000 and  1,500 lbs. respectively, will be stepped secured to the lower  masts in October, using custom fabricated steel fittings and  standing wire rigging, and will extend 30-50 feet above the lower masts for a total height of 100 feet. Both mast steps will contain several historic and contemporary  US silver dollars, gold coins and talisman that will be permanently held in place by the mast base. Sailors and  shipwrights have been putting coins under masts of ships for  several thousand years… They’ve been found in the mast steps  of ancient Roman shipwrecks. The hope, still, is that the  offering will bring good luck and safe passage.  

August 16th, 2017|
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Tall Ship Matthew Turner Launches from Sausalito
(Bay Crossings, May 2017)

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(CBS Bay Area, April 2, 2017)

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(KPIX Sky Drone 5, April 2, 2017)

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(The Conservation Fund, April 2, 2017)

A Tall Ship That’s No Tall Tale:  Brigantine Matthew Turner Unveiled
(KTVU March 31, 2017)

Tall Ship Launched in Sausalito
(KPIX Sky Drone 5, March 31, 2017)

Tall Ship Built in Marin County Getting Its First Taste of Salt Water
(by Eric Thomas, KGO, March 31, 2017)

Volunteer Built Ship Unveiled in Sausalito
(NBC Bay Area, March 30, 2017)

1st Wooden Ship Build in Bay Area in 58 years poised to launch
(by Carl Nolte, SF Chronicle, March 31, 2017)

Sausalito Tall Ship Matthew Turner Ready to Set Sail

    • (by Michelle Slade, Marin IJ, March 30, 2017)

Sausalito’s Tall Ship Plans Launch This Weekend

    • (KRCB,March 29, 2017)

Matthew Turner Drops her Skirt

    • (Lectronic Latitude, March 24, 2017)

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    (Latitude 38, March 2017)


We are so close to fulfilling our vision, a
ship that will sail into the future, changing the lives of the hundreds of thousands of kids and adults who will have the opportunity to sail on her. Help us raise the final $700,000 to complete Matthew Turner.