The Ship Guild
The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and operation of historic vessels. The Heritage Ship Guild preceded the current organization, with members caring for the schooner Nellie & Mary as well as other maritime projects in Philadelphia. The Ship Preservation Guild was incorporated in 1985 when it took ownership of the Gazela Primeiro from the City of Philadelphia.
The Guild has recently hired a full-time Executive Director, who will manage the short and long-term maintenance involved in the Guild's vessels. He will be supported by the active volunteers who assist with daily business as well as managing the sailing and education schedules. The Board of Directors, an Executive Committee and the Office Manager complete the administrative operations.
Volunteers in the organization provided more than 23,000 hours of service in 2010. The Guild continues to expand its outreach to the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area in the arts and culture of traditional sailing, by providing educational classes to youth and adults alike.