Q: How long did it take to build?
A: About 7 years. The keel was set in October, 2013.
Q: How much did the ship cost to build?
A: The total cost of the ship was $6 million dollars. This cost covered the construction of the vessel and the development of educational programs.
: Where did the funding come from?
A: Funds were received, both small and large donations, from individuals and Foundations that share our values and support our mission.
Q: What makes this ship sustainable?
A: All the materials and methods used are of the highest sustainable and recyclable standards available. 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 inspired by renowned Bay Area ship builder, Matthew Turner, and his design 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 is the ship be docked?
A: Thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, she is docked at the Bay Model Visitor Center’s Pier in Sausalito. This location allows students to learn about the Bay’s unique geography and hydrology on shore, and on deck.
Q: Who built 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 was lead by Alan Olson. Tri-Coastal Marine, Inc’s naval architects and their engineers oversaw quality control and acted as agents for USCG vessel certification. The building crew was made up of 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 used 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 was 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 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. 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 rite of passage and an experience that is never forgotten.