Free Tall Ship Tours in Fernandina Beach

The Peacemaker was built on a riverbank in southern Brazil using traditional methods and the finest of tropical hardwoods.

Free Tall Ship Tours in Fernandina BeachFernandina Beach, Fl – Interim City Manager Dave Lott and Marina Manager Joe Springer are pleased to announce the visit of the Peacemaker, a 150′, 14-sail tall ship to the Fernandina Harbor Marina. The ship is currently docked in Savannah, GA where she has been participating in their Tall Ship Celebration event. The Peacemaker is scheduled to arrive at the Fernandina Harbor Marina located at the foot of historic Centre Street the morning of Monday, May 21st and is scheduled to depart on Tuesday, May 29th after the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

After safety inspections by the U. S. Coast Guard and preparing the ship for guests, the ship will be open to FREE tours to the public from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, May 22nd and continuing through Memorial Day, May 28th.

The Peacemaker’s visit follows closely on the heels of the two French naval schooners, the Etoile and Belle Poule, which visited earlier this month as part of the 450th French Anniversary.

As you walk up the gangplank and enter through the open door, you are greeted by a sign that says “Welcome Aboard the Tall Ship Peacemaker… Flagship of the Twelve Tribes”. The 150 foot Barquentine is styled after the Old English Clippers. The Peacemaker is 150 feet in length, with a 33 foot beam, a 126 foot mast, and a sail area measuring over 10,000 square feet. It takes a crew of about 12 crew members to manage the Peacemaker. The ship’s entire interior is made of mahogany with 22 beds, state rooms, and captain quarters. The main salon area consists of stained glass. The Peacemaker is a work of great craftsmanship.

The Peacemaker was originally built on a riverbank in southern Brazil in 1989 by an Italian family of boat builders, using traditional methods and the finest of tropical hardwoods. The ship sailed to Savannah, GA a few years later to be outfitted with three masts. However, the work was never finished and the ship sat neglected for a number of years. In the summer of 2006, the crew assembled a rigging and sail-making crew from amongst its own people, under the direction of Wayne Chimenti, an expert rigger of tall ships. It set sail for the first time in the spring of 2007, under the name Peacemaker, which expresses the vocation as a people, bringing people into peace with their Creator and with one another.

The vision for the ship is to be a seagoing representation of the life of peace and unity that the crew’s twelve tribes are living on land in the many communities around the world. It also provides apprenticeship opportunities for youth to learn many valuable and practical skills, not only in rigging, sail-making, sailing, navigation, marine mechanics and carpentry, but also in living and working together in tight quarters, as well as many cross-cultural experiences traveling from port to port.

For additional information about the City of Fernandina Beach and the visit of the Peacemaker, please visit: www.fbfl.us.

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