The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild has been active in the Philadelphia area since 1985. This non-profit's mission is to preserve and operate historic maritime vessels, using the ships under its care to educate the public about maritime culture and history.
The organization currently owns the tall ship Gazela, a three-masted, wooden sailing ship built in 1901 in Portugal. The ship was brought to Philadelphia in 1971 and has been maintained by the Guild since 1985. The Guild also maintains and operates the 102-year old, Philadelphia-built tugboat Jupiter.
The Guild is run entirely by volunteers, an operation that spans volunteer management as well as administrative duties. We are a non-membership organization. The President serves as nominal Executive Director, working with volunteer crew and board committees.
The Board is active, with participation in various fundraising and outreach endeavors. We are pursuing funding to rebuild the Gazela's hull, while managing a changing volunteer base which had previously been focused on sailing and maintenance. There is an increased focus on education with collaborations with other Philadelphia Maritime organizations.
Recently, the Board has been under pressure by the volunteers, as both the management and funding goals have met mixed success. We have hired a executive consultant to create business and growth/income plans and lead to hiring full-time managers. Bringing a "real" Exec Director to work full-time on the business is expected to improve results.
- Executive Admin
- Adult Education
- General Education
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- 8 hours / month
- annual donation