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Volunteer of the Month: July 2017

At the Sausalito Art Festival in 2013, Jim was fascinated by the big white tent and a huge pile of lumber. By 2014 Matthew Turner's frames were being erected, and Jim signed on as a volunteer. At first he was planing lumber and pushing logs around. When Alan learned that Jim was a Professional Engineer (PE), with expertise in Civil and Structural Engineering, and that he could sign off design changes, Alan was overjoyed. Jim was promoted to the office, calculating lumber requirements for the planking and deck plywood. He wrote specifications, sourced materials and ordered what was needed. He wrote our Project Plans so that jobs occur in an orderly sequence and volunteer resources could be applied as needed, and he was our Project Safety Engineer and Fireman #1 during the plank steaming process. Jim says, "I want to thank all my friends at ETS for letting me participate in this important effort to build a platform that will allow thousands of young people to go sailing and experience education in a maritime environment. This project is the best example of teamwork I have ever seen". Jim has been a competitive shooter since he was 12 years old. Competitive shooting long guns (.22 caliber) was his specialty and he competed as often as possible. Jim became such a good marksman that he was one of 18 shooters who qualified for the 1968 Olympics. After working as a printer for several newspapers and graduating with his Engineering degree, Jim went to work in 1979 designing the world's first container cranes. For 14 years, he was involved in crane design, installation and expansion projects all over the world. In 1991, Jim went to work for BART. For the next 13 years Jim wore many hats. He managed contractors and was project manager for the BART extension to San Bruno and SFO. Jim also served as the Group Manager of West Bay Operations manager. Jim's personal and professional contacts enabled us to procure free usage of scaffolding and to facilitate the contract with Bigge for launch.

July 29th, 2017|

Coming Up: Sausalito Arts Festival

Call of the Sea will participate in the Sausalito Arts Festival on Labor Day Weekend, September 2 - 4 2017, from 10:00 am - 5:00pm. We will be showcasing Sausalito's Maritime Artisans & Shipbuilding Heritage in the Tall Ship Tent at 2330 Marinship Way. See the artisans from: Artisan Woodmasters, Spauldings, Richardson Bay Boatworks, KKMI, Valhalla Signworks, Marin Metal, Educational Tall Ship and others, at work & displaying their projects. The Sausalito Historical Society will display,"Marinship, as it was," showing the Naval shipbuilding and Liberty Ships that were built here. Richardson Bay Maritime Association will have information on the Charles Van Damme paddle-wheel restoration and the Sausalito Community Boating Center. There will be educational activities and a treasure hunt hosted by Matthew Turner volunteers and Call of the Sea. The Waterfront Pickers will be playing tunes in the tent on Monday afternoon, so come on by!

July 29th, 2017|
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Sunset Sail

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Summer of Love on the San Francisco Bay

October 1 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

14th Annual Gala

October 14 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In the News

Tall Ship Matthew Turner Launches from Sausalito
(Bay Crossings, May 2017)

Handcrafted Wooden Tall Ship Launches in Sausalito
(CBS Bay Area, April 2, 2017)

An Unique View of a Tall Ship Launch in Sausalito
(KPIX Sky Drone 5, April 2, 2017)

How We Helped Build A Historic and Sustainable Tall Ship in California
(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)

Building the Matthew Turner

    (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.