Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Float the Fleet!


The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport recently launched a fund raising contest called "Float the Fleet:  For the Next Generation."  The objective is to raise money simply to keep the ships maintained.  This starts with $168,000 to purchase wood now to restore the hull that was originally going to be funded by the State until the grant suffered the axe (so to speak) of budget cuts.  The long-term goal is to raise $3 million by 2017.

Doing good for Washington's tall ships is important enough, but here's the fun part.  "The Pirates and Privateers" contest, which ends June 20, has a fabulous grand prize:  The winning crew takes the Lady as a "prize" for a whole year, meaning official recognition and photo op's; gets 12 VIP (Very Impressive Pirate) passes good for any public sail; and may hoist their own colors on the Lady's masthead!

I have decided to captain a crew for this effort.  Now I need YOU...and anyone else you can press into service.  On the online sea, the easiest way to contribute is to go to http://www.historicalseaport.org/ways-to-give/float-the-fleet-pirates, click on the "Donate Online Now" link at the bottom of the page, and tell 'em Blue Lou Logan sent ye where it asks "How did you hear about us?"

The Lady and the Chieftain need US.  Do it for the ship...and for the prize!

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