Old City Seaport Festival Boats
The Tall Ships and Boats participating in Old City Seaport Festival create an atmosphere of maritime charm, history and fun for all! Visitors can enjoy a river tour on the Delaware River, take deck tours of the Tall Ships and wonder through the seas of antique and classic boats on Penn's Landing and in the basin. To participate as a boat vendor at the Festival, download and print the application here.
- AJ Meerwald
- Gazela Primiero
- Pride of Baltimore II
- Mystic Whaler
- Kalmar Nyckel
- Summer Wind
- Antique and Classic Boat Society - Philadelphia Chapter
- Traditional Small Craft Association - Delaware River Chapter
- Rip Tide
AJ Meerwald, New Jersey's official Tall Ship, is a 115' oyster schooner. Launched in 1928, she was one of hundreds of schooners built along South Jersey's Delaware Bayshore. Passengers aboard the AJ Meerwald River Tour will enjoy hearing about the history of the Delaware Valley's oystering industry. The AJ Meerwald is owned and operated by Bayshore Discovery Project. For more information, visit AJ Meerwald.
Oysters on the Meerwald
October 11, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Passengers aboard the AJ Meerwald River Tour will enjoy the unique opportunity to eat fresh, local oysters provided by the Oyster House while hearing about the history of the Delaware Valley's oyster industry. BYOB welcome.
Purchase tickets to sail on AJ Meerwald.
Gazela Primiero, Philadelphia's official Tall Ship, is a 177' barkentine. Built in 1901 at the shipyard of J. M. Mendes in Setubal, Portgual. Gazela was built to carry fisherman to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Every spring she would leave Lisbon, laden with as many as 35 dories stacked on deck like drinking cups, a crew of 40 men and a couple of apprentices. In her hold she would be 90 tons of salt, which would be used for the cod fish that were caught, preserving them for the long trip home. Gazela is owned and operated by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. For more information, visit Gazela Primiero.
Pride of Baltimore II
As the Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Maryland and the Port of Baltimore, the 157' Pride of Baltimore II has sailed nearly 200,000 miles and visited over 200 ports in 40 countries in North, South and Central America, Europe, and Asia. Commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, Pride of Baltimore, the original Pride of Baltimore, Pridell is owned and operated by Pride of Baltimore, Inc. in Baltimore, MD. For more information, visit Pride of Baltimore II.
Purchase tickets to sail on Pride of Baltimore II.
Mystic Whaler is a 110' steel reproduction of a late 19th century coastal cargo schooner that was designed for the passenger trade by Chubb Crockett of Camden, Maine. She was built in 1967 in Tarpon Springs, FL and was rebuilt in 1993 in Providence, RI. For more information, visit the Mystic Whaler.
Shanty Sail on the Mystic Whaler
October 11, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
October 13, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Join Geoff Kaufman and the crew of the Mystic Whaler for shanty sails on the river. Sing along with ancient ballads and songs of the sea.
Purchase tickets to sail on Mystic Whaler.
The present day Kalmar Nyckel serves as Delaware’s seagoing goodwill ambassador. The 141' 17th century Dutch vessel is an authentic recreation of the ship that brought some of the earliest permanent settlers to the colonies. Since 1998, the ship has served as an outreach platform for the State of Delaware and a catalyst for social and economic development. The ship provides a unique platform for the Foundation’s educational programming as well as a venue for diplomatic, recreational, governmental and commemorative functions. The ship is owned and operated by the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers people of all ages a variety of sea and land based learning and recreational experiences. For more information, visit www.kalmarnyckel.org.
Purchase tickets to sail on Kalmar Nyckel.
Schooner Virginia, a 121’ two-masted, gaff-topsail knockabout schooner, a re-creation of her namesake vessel, the last pure sailing vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association on the Chesapeake Bay between 1917 to 1926. Virginia was commissioned in 2005 and is owned and operated by the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.schoonervirginia.org/.
Purchase tickets to sail on Virginia.
The 87-year-old wooden schooner Hindu, christened Princess Pat in 1925 as a pleasure yacht, has quite a history of service at sea. She sailed to India to bring spices back to the U.S., served during WWII searching for German U-boats, and now operates as a charter vessel in Provincetown, Mass., and Key West, Fla. For more information, visit http://sailschoonerhindu.com/.
Purchase tickets to sail on Hindu.
The Summer Wind, a 48-foot Chinese Junk-rigged schooner, was designed by noted naval architect Thomas E. Colvin. She sails regularly along the Delaware River at Philadelphia in addition to private charters to the Chesapeake Bay. The Chinese Junk rig is extremely versatile. With its fully battened sails, it can be easily reefed for different wind conditions. Summer Wind is owned and operated by American Sailing Tours. Summer Wind can carry up to six passengers per trip. For more information, visit American Sailing Tours.
The Patriot is a reproduction of a 1920s commuter yacht that offers educational tours on the Delaware River and can hold 35 guests. This custom yacht features wrap around seating, a restroom and a bar fully equipped for any type of party. Patriot is not available for charters during the Old City Seaport Festival. River Cruises available during Festival hours, walk-ups are welcome, or to reserve a seat, go to www.phillybyboat.com.
45 min trips leaving every hour only $20 during Festival hours.
2 hour trips only $40!
October 11, Parade of Sail 5:00 – 7:00 pm
October 12, Pirate Battle Cruise 4:30 – 6:30 pm
October 13, Sunset Tour 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Antique and Classic Boat Society - Philadelphia Chapter
The Philadelphia Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) was formed in 1998. ACBS is comprised of people who have a common love of classic wooden boats. ACBS believes that roaring around in a beautifully varnished mahogany runabout is among the best pleasures of life. The Philadelphia Chapter of the ACBS sponsors a variety of boat shows throughout tht eboating season, organizes member get-togethers so fellow boat owners or prospective boat owners can share experiences, and generally provides a comfortable environment to explore old boats.
Here are a few of the attending antique and classic boats:
The Answer, built by Chris Craft between the World Wars, is a 17-foot Utility style built in 1938. This style was known as their model "801." Constructed of mahogany with oak framing, the boat is powered by a Chris Craft 6 cylinder 95 HP engine. It is owned by Al and Janet Mastales from Salem, NJ.
Ski-Bee, a 16-foot 1958 Ski-Bee model, is powered from a Universal 65 HP 4 cylinder engine, which has a "V" drive. This system allows maximum room in a small boat. Eastern Canada, especially the Muskoka Lakes Region, was home to many builders, most of whom had small shops and did custom boat construction. One of the largest builders in Canada was Shepherd. Their craft had unique style and are quite prized today. It is owned by Joe and Gloria Gartner from Hellertown, PA.
Jay Spohn of Folsom, NJ constructed his 20-foot 5" Runabout, America, and put in a modern power for reliability. While most antique and classic boats are restorations of originals, some people who have the talent decide to recreate the look but with modern materials and construction methods. This boat was completed in 2011 and Glen-L Riviera plans were used in the build.
Traditional Small Craft Association - Delaware River Chapter
The Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization that works to preserve and continue the living traditions, skills, lore and legends surrounding working and pleasure watercraft powered by paddle, oar or sail. The Association encourages design, construction and use of such boats, and it embraces contemporary variants and adaptations of traditional designs. The Delaware River Chapter of the TSCA is a regional organization providing enjoyable, yet practical links between users, designers, builders, restorers, historians, rowers, paddlers, sailors, government and maritime institutions.
To the right is a Cocktail Class Racer owned by Frank Stauss.
Pelley, a 19-foot Pacific Pellican, is owned by Floyd Beam from Bensalem, PA.
Flicka, a 2007 19-foot Faering from Philadelphia, is a modern adaptation of a traditional Scandinavian offshore fishing boat.Its lines have evolved from the larger Viking vessels, which were used for raiding communities along the shore of northern Europe, among other things.
Skua, a 16-foot Middle Path boat, has a molded beam with a fiberglass hull that is topped with a white gelcoat ant varnished mohogany trim. Skua was designed in 1991 by Andre de Bardelaben, then of Pittsburgh, PA. In 1993. Skua is owned by Andre and Karen de Bardelaben.
Gwylan, a 1977 29-foot H28 Ketch from, is owned by Roger Prichard and is from Philadelphia, PA. The hull is cedar and oak and was designed by L.F. Herreshoff.
Spartina, a 1985 15-foot 6-inch Delaware Ducker, was built from Independence Seaport Museum plans. It has a wood hull and is owned by Chuck Pritchard from West Cape May, NJ.
The Rip Tide, a 30 foot cutter, was built in 1935 at the John H. Mathis Shipyard. John Trumpy designed and built the rip Tide, one of four built during the depression. His granddaughter, Peg Trumpy Appleget and the Rip Tide Preservation Foundation donated Rip Tide to the Camden Shipyard and Maritime Museum (CSMM) in June 2013. The Rip Tide has been fully restored and is a functioning, sailing vessel, sea worthy and ready for use by the youth of Camden and others who have a love for maritime history, sailing and youth development.