CONSTRUCTION UPDATES2018-12-20T18:21:46+00:00

Tall Ship Progress, December 2018

Overall, progress is good, and it looks like we will make our goal for Matthew Turner to be operational in the spring. While the list of tasks to complete is long, crew enthusiasm is high, and volunteer involvement is growing with the excitement of finishing the ship.
The propulsion system: Our 650V AC propulsion batteries are in!  Technicians from BAE (British Aerospace Electronics) Systems worked last week on the high voltage connections. Completion and sea trials are now scheduled for the end of March. We are looking ahead and working on a regular basis with the U.S. Coast Guard to keep ahead of the inspection process and avoid delays. Our competent volunteer electrical and engineering team is in place to cover our part of completing the BAE hybrid system.
Electrical: The ship’s wiring has begun and will soon be ready for connections to lighting, systems, galley, navigation, etc., and is scheduled for completion in March.
Interior: Carpentry is about 60 percent done, with galley cabinets designed and ready to build by volunteer John Donovan at his cabinet shop. The installation of all interior carpentry also is scheduled for completion in March.
Rigging: With over 90 percent of the rigging complete, we are fine-tuning and tweaking to get Matthew Turner ready for sea trials.
Extras: Sails, dinghy, skylight covers, and bunk curtains are being stitched together by our amazing and fun volunteer team, the “Sew and Sews.”
Construction Management: Project management is tracked and updated weekly with “Smartsheet,” the program management program that volunteer Dave Anderson set up and trained us to administrate in order to better gauge progress toward our goals. Stability testing and haul-out are scheduled for late March or early April.
We have come a long way, thanks to you, our supporters, donors, volunteers, and staff.  We could not have built your ship without you!
Fair Winds,
Alan Olson
Project Director, Matthew Turner
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or send checks (please specify Matthew Turner project)  or donor advised funds to:

Call of the Sea, Matthew Turner Project
3020 Bridgeway #278
Sausaltio, CA 94965

Generous support provided by The Conservation Fund

Hatch Looking Aft
Hatches Recently Installed
Bunks Under Construction

Bunks Under Construction

Fine Craftsmanship Abound!

Tall Ship Progress, November 2018

Construction of Matthew Turner has taken on a renewed focus and new level commitment. As a result, we plan to finish and be sailing by next summer. Our cutting-edge regenerative propulsion system along with ship’s electrical work is our major task for getting off the dock.  We are looking forward to installing the lithium ion batteries in November. Matthew Turner will be the first large sailing ship able to regenerate its energy needs under sail.  Fortunately, our team is growing with new and talented volunteers that will help make the difference in completing the ship. The windlass has been mounted and we will be shipping the anchors and chain on board in the first week of November. Interior carpentry has made progress with the majority of bunks in. Next, we will be laying out the galley and pantry cabinets along with other smaller interior carpentry projects. Rigging is getting closer to completion with standing rigging finished and tuned.  Much of the running rigging is complete with nine out of eleven sails bent on.
A big thanks to Terry Causey who has been our generous supporter from the start and has been committed to seeing Matthew Turner through to completion and carrying out her mission. While close to completing our fundraising goal, we are still in need of additional capital and are reaching out to new sources and the continued support from our existing community.  Please consider how you might help us finish the job and go sailing.
Thank you all for how far we have come!
Fair winds,
Alan Olson
Project Manager
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or send checks or donor advised funds to:

Call of the Sea
3020 Bridgeway #278
Sausaltio, CA 94965

Generous capital funding provided in part by the William H. Donner Foundation

Alan at the helm with youth visitors
Alan Olson at the helm with youth visitors

Sails behold
Kids learning onboard Matthew Turner

Youth learn aboard Matthew Turner

Tall Ship Progress, August 2018

Construction for Matthew Turner is sailing ahead with major accomplishments being made to the running rigging, carpentry and anchor system and so much more! With the enormous task underway to set roughly 100 lines and to trim and take in all 11 sails on Matthew Turner, the running rigging remains an exciting focal point. The rigging crew is busy connecting this four-mile network; some lines will require splicing, whipping, blocks, fair leads and tackle, and they’re doing an amazing job. The crew loves every day up high in the yards.
The vessel of Matthew Turner now includes handcrafted furnishings and fine carpentry (made largely by volunteers) that are integrated throughout the entire vessel. With the deck carpentry almost complete, we are starting to generate momentum for the interior carpentry. There is still much to be done, and our team is excited to visualize the finished product, as well as bring to life to the ship through the beauty of fine craftsmanship.
We are dreaming of the day when Matthew Turner nears an exotic tropical island, and we hear the call, “Let go the port anchor!” Dan Higgins, who designed and installed our chain pipe, will soon be securing our windlass and getting our 500-pound anchors and chain aboard. The enormous anchor motor will lift two 300-foot chains with anchors attached!
We are now focused on installing the propulsion system, which requires one-inch and ¾-inch specially manufactured heavy gauge wiring. Next will be hundreds of small gauge wires that connect all the sophisticated components of our state-of-the-art hybrid propulsion system. More details about the eco-hybrid installation to come soon. Full speed ahead!
Fair Winds,
Alan Olson
Generous capital funding provided in part by the California Coastal Conservancy
California Coastal Conservancy

Matthew Turner’s new windlass
Rigging Lines

The ship has almost 100 lines
Berth Installation
Fine carpentry of the berths (beds)

Tall Ship Progress, May 2018

The running rigging is in full swing now! The construction team now has miles of rope and well over 100 blocks to weave together. Once complete, all the lines and rigging controls systems will operate a complex system of eleven different sails. Our rigging team is growing and highly motivated. The core rigging team of Noah, Kiel, Adrian, Bruce, Dennis and Randall are receiving a boost of energy from our newest rigging volunteer Eleandra…. we will be bending on sail in the next couple of months, anxious to get off the dock.
Exterior carpentry is almost complete and “looking great” in the Sausalito sunshine.  There is just enough bright work to highlight the beauty of our ship without major effort to keep it up.  Any day the windless, anchors and anchor chain are due to arrive adding 5000 lbs to the bow, to bring her closer to her designed water line.
We also have a newly organized sewing team: Barbara, Pam, Karen, Peter, Benson, Margie, Jenny, Michael, Susie and new volunteer Ingrid. They work on Fridays and Saturdays, making Lee Cloths, designing curtains for Matthew Turner’s bunks, and soon they will be sewing bunk covers, dinghy covers, and sail covers!
Hooking up the eco-hybrid propulsion system, vessel electronics, plumbing and instrumentation remains a herculean challenge before we can get Matthew Turner off the dock. Our big challenge is to fund the lithium batteries (more than $100,000). We have high hopes our funding will keep up with the construction schedule.
Thank you all who have helped us get this far. It is amazing!!!
Fair Winds,
Alan Olson
Generous capital funding provided in part by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Snap shot of the complex rigging system

Snap shot of the complex rigging system
Snap shot of the complex rigging system
Matthew Turner’s rigging team
The sewing team in action
The sewing team in action

Tall Ship Progress, April 2018

Aloft: To look aloft from the deck is amazing! Seeing the forest of masts, yards, and booms with the web of standing rigging tuned and ready to receive sails. Next, weaving the five miles of rope through 100+ blocks and pulleys to set, trim and take in 7200 square feet of sail. Our rigging crew of professionals and volunteers has their work cut out for them!
On Deck from Stem to Stern!
At the Stem: Two 6-3/4 inch by 4 foot holes are drilled through Matthew Turner’s gorgeous deck and out the planking which will be filled by two 6-1/2 inch anchor chain pipes that can haul in and house the anchors. These pipes are making way for an anchor windlass that will drop and lift two 300 foot chains with anchors that are estimated to weigh over 500 pounds. Oh my!
Stern: Davits are being installed to haul and store our shore boat. A bronze boom crutch is being mounted for the main boom. We’re also building a helm station around the steering wheel that includes a railing and a step platform for visibility and safety for operation. The steering wheel and platform and sure to a be a memorable experience for the thousands of youth who will once day learn how to “steer the ship” full speed ahead!
Mid Deck: Beautiful varnished hatches and skylights are being constructed and installed from a team of mostly volunteers. The fine craftsmanship is a sight to be seen. Please check out the woodworking when you visit the ship next. You won’t be disappointed.
Below Deck: The Matthew Turner team is busy at work: carpenters are building out the interior; plumbers are hooking up the heads, showers and galley; and our mechanics and electricians are connecting the complex hybrid propulsion system and ship’s electrical.
Fair Winds,
Alan Olson
Generous capital funding provided in part by the Mary A. Crocker Trust
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Foremast with flag
Foremast with flag
Main boom with crutch
Main boom with crutch
Volunteers and works on deck
Volunteers and workers on deck
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