USCG Certification

Attraction Vessel (ATTCOI)


The wooden barkentine, Gazela Primeiro, was originally built to fish for cod in the Grand Banks. Now owned and operated by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, a nonprofit volunteer organization, the Gazela sails as a goodwill ambassador for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Ports of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey. Our mission extends beyond historic preservation to community outreach through such activities as maritime and environmental sustainability education for students of all ages and backgrounds.”  Gazela has been featured in several major motion pictures including “Interview with the Vampire” and “The Widow of St. Pierre”, as well as several documentaries including “The Irish in America”.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Barquentine
Homeport: Philadelphia, PA
Sparred Length: 177'
LOA: 150'
LOD: 140'
LWL: 133'
Draft: 16'
Beam: 27' 9
Rig height: 100'
Freeboard: 12'
Sail Area: 8,910 square feet
Tons: 299
Hull: wood, copper clad


Who Sails? Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, supporting volunteers
Program Type: Maritime History, Marine Science, Marine Environment and Ecology, Nautical Science & Seamanship, Summer Camp, Dockside Sail Training, Preservation
Normal cruising waters: Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay (summer), None (winter)
Season: June to October
Built: 1883
Crew: 3
Contact: Cynthia Chadwell, Volunteer Coordinator
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