[LMB] OT: Sailing Tall Ships as crew

Padget, Scott R scott.r.padget at boeing.com
Mon, 3 Nov 2003 15:42:54 -0600

Corrina asks of Elissa:
> Why type of sailing ship is it?

Elissa is a 700-ton iron-hulled barque.  She's a 19-century tramp merchant 
clipper, restored to as near original condition as is possible under current
USCG regs (except for modern engines, generators, heads, and galley).  These 
days she's mostly a museum ship, but kept in top sailing condition and taken 
out for a couple weeks every spring to prove it.

She's maintained and sailed by an all-volunteer crew (captain and officers are
professionals brought in from Maine for sails, and the bosun and bosun's mate 
are also paid positions, but everyone else is volunteer).

Her biggest adventure in her current incarnation (sadly before my time) was 
her sail from Galveston to New York to take part in the Parade of Sail at the 
Statue of Liberty's centennial.  (It was her second visit to New York Harbor, 
but the first time she and Lady Liberty met.  The first time Elissa visited NYC, 
you see, the statue wasn't yet built....)

Pilot Padget--wisting for that distinctive whiff of marine varnish and pine tar