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Old 25-11-2015, 19:10   #1
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Total newbie and a big Patrick O'Brian fan. Has anyone crewed or volunteered on a tall ship? Any recommendations?


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Old 25-11-2015, 19:26   #2
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I used to crew on the ELISSA. Awesome experience.

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Not sure where you are but if you make it down to Aussie there are a few options like windeward bound, Lady Nelson, Soren Larsen, and possibly Leuwin 2.

Definitely a good way to learn some good skills, some very useful for smaller boats. And fun, but often hard work, and lots of discipline/routines to follow.

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There are a number of tall ships in the Puget Sound/Sailish Sea area that are crewed with nebs. I talk to them at the docks all the time. Recommended.
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I used to crew on the ELISSA. Awesome experience.

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My mother and father were part of the original volunteers and crew of the Elissa. What year were you crew?
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Old 26-11-2015, 19:50   #6
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I "crewed" on the Coast Guard Barque Eagle about 6 times. Neat ship. I was TAD/TDY. I did comms and nav. Didn't get to do any sailboat stuff.
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My mother and father were part of the original volunteers and crew of the Elissa. What year were you crew?
2003-2004, were they still crewing then?
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Old 26-11-2015, 20:02   #8
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Link to article I wrote about sailing the ELISSA. It starts on page 7.

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2003-2004, were they still crewing then?

I can't recall but will ask my father. That would be around the time of hurricane Alicia? Galveston had been my home for about 3 years at that time. My parents moved up to New Jersey in the early to mid 80's and were volunteering and crewing on the Gazella, a tall ship based in Philadelphia at that point.


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I can't recall but will ask my father. That would be around the time of hurricane Alicia? Galveston had been my home for about 3 years at that time. My parents moved up to New Jersey in the early to mid 80's and were volunteering and crewing on the Gazella, a tall ship based in Philadelphia at that point.


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IIRC, Alicia was much earlier. Hurricane Ike hit in 2008. Devastated the area, but ELISSA rode that one out at the dock, which is set up for storms.
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I crewed with these guys out of San Pedro. Great organization and doing a lot for kids.
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IIRC, Alicia was much earlier. Hurricane Ike hit in 2008. Devastated the area, but ELISSA rode that one out at the dock, which is set up for storms.

Your right, for some reason I was reading 2003 as being 1983 when Alicia hit, brain fart! I didn't own much in Galveston when Alicia hit, but we owned a house on the far west end of Galveston and our catamaran was on the island for Ike. Luckily only minor damage to both.


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If you live near San Diego, the Maritime Museum of San Diego operates:

Star of India, barque, 1863, due to sail next in 2017;
HMS Surprise, replica 18th cent. frigate (from film Master & commander), now after an extensive repair will be sailing a few times each year;
Californian, tops'l schooner, replica 1847 Revenue Service cutter, operated 150 times plus per year (I'll be sailing her today)
San Salvador, replica 1539 Spanish galleon, now nearing completion and fitting out for regular operations. In addition, if you like power boats, we also operate a 1904 steam yacht on her original compound steam engine a dozen or so time per year, a 1914 pilot boat approximately 600 operations annually, and a Viet Nam War era Swift Boat approximately 100 times per year.
I don't know anywhere else that you will find that variety. Except for captain & cooks the crews who sail and maintain this fleet are all volunteers and we are always looking for new shipmates.
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Your right, for some reason I was reading 2003 as being 1983 when Alicia hit, brain fart! I didn't own much in Galveston when Alicia hit, but we owned a house on the far west end of Galveston and our catamaran was on the island for Ike. Luckily only minor damage to both.


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Ike was an interesting storm, absolutely annihilated some area and others undamaged. I texted one friend after the storm and their house and boat were unharmed. Got a message from another friend a few days later, that they were waiting on their FEMA trailer...big nice home totally destroyed.
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