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June 02, 2016
June 05, 2016
Sail Baltimore is proud to present the 177' tall ship Gazela for FREE TOURS for the whole family! Please check www.sailbaltimore.org for complete schedule and tour times. "Gazela Primeiro" was built in 1901 in Setubal, Portugal. Her registration for the Grand Banks fishing fleet was transferred from an earlier vessel named Gazella, built in 1883. She was built to carry fishermen to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. After a remarkably long career, Gazela‘s last voyage to the Banks as a commercial fishing ship was made in 1969. On May 24, 1971, with a crew of Americans, the ship left for its new home in Philadelphia, tracing Columbus’ route via the Canary Islands and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and on July 8 made her first entrance into Philadelphia. In 1985, Gazela was transferred to the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, the nonprofit that now maintains and operates her with the help of donors and volunteers, sending her as Philadelphia’s Tall Ship to events up and down the eastern seaboard of the U.S.