It was a beautiful day here on the Delaware River near where we live and an opportunity to sail on the restored 1928 sailing vessel, the A J Meerwald.

1928 A J Meerwald getting ready for our sail in Burlington NJ

The A.J. Meerwald is a Delaware Bay oyster schooner, a distinct vessel that evolved to meet the needs of the local oyster fishery. Launched in 1928, the A.J. Meerwald was one of hundreds of schooners build along South Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore before the decline of the shipbuilding industry that coincided with the Great Depression.

This was a “pirate sail” and we flew the pirate flag as we sailed up the Delaware off the Bristol, PA river bank.

Our authentically dressed  “pirate gang” shared the history and stories of piracy in this New Jersey area . . .

Pam and Jim in custody of the pirates

Our pirate leader

Carol Moore and Pam showing the ship in full sail

Jim “under sail”

Carol & Bill Moore, volunteer crew after Carol gave Bill this special b’day gift (its a long story – see below . . .)

Carol as she welcomes visitors for the “Pirate Sail” out of Burlington NJ

Carol writes:
Over a dozen years ago, when the National Geographic announced “Free Sailing Rides” for all Science Teachers, a group of us from Willingboro followed the directions, It was so cold on the water with the wind, that even my Goose Down Winter Coat did not stop the chills. But my husband, Bill Moore, was hooked. All he talked about was the Meerwald. In July for his 51st Birthday, I gave him a “map with a yellow line”, a packed lunch, and a full tank of gasoline, because I had volunteered him to join the crew….He was delighted.
More than a decade has passed and we are still both volunteers on the ship, each time it comes close to our location here in Edgewater Park. We house all her crew on their days off (they sleep on 1928 wooden bunks from April till November & a night at Dunk’s Ferry Inn at Whitebriar Bed and Breakfast is always a treat…so is a shower and in house plumbing). We enjoy teaching the history of the vessel, and standing watch on the Delaware River Tours. The best part is that “after you are trained”, you can jump on her anytime she is in a port near your home. Anyone interested in joining the 400+ volunteers around the State, please go on the web site “Delaware Bay Schooner Project” and speak to the office who will set you up with the next training program, so we can all be safe aboard the “Last Oyster Schooner in the Delaware”, aka, A.J. Meerwald, N.J. Tall Ship. Now you can view me teaching the history of the ship on Jim Gleason’s blog below…..enjoy…and join us!!!!
– Carole Lokan-Moore, Edgewater park, N.J.

 

Come sail with us through this short video . . .

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