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, 2013.
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.