From Executive Director, Robert Hofmann

Dear Friends of the Continental Sloop Providence:

Thirty years have come and gone. Since 1976 when she was first launched, the Continental Sloop Providence has voyaged ten of thousands of nautical miles ranging from the East Coast, the Caribbean Islands, the Canadian Maritimes and the Great Lakes. Providence has had a long and distinguished career serving as Rhode Island’s Sailing Ambassador, sharing stories of America’s past while training America’s future through her educational programs.

This year marks a turning point for the Sloop Providence. Original fuel tanks must be replaced. As you can see from the pictures, this involves extensive work.

The Sloop Providence at Promet Marine, Providence, Rhode Island
(photo by Robert Hofmann)

Rusted fuel tank
(photo by Robert Hofmann)

In doing this work, we also have the opportunity to reconfigure Providence's below-deck accomdations which will allow us to take more sail training passengers. We also hope to reconfigure her galley and shower and head.

The Sloop Providence needs your assistance now to keep her sailing for another thirty years. You can make a difference by making a donation to the Providence’s refit project.

Donate securely through PayPal. All amounts are gratefully accepted. Your financial support is vital to our organization and very much appreciated. As the Providence Maritime Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, your donation is fully tax deductible.

I am very happy to announce that in January, the Foundation hired Adria Lande as Education Director. Adria brings considerable experience in sail training and education to our organization, and we are thrilled to have her with us. Be sure to read Fore & Aft’s interview with Adria in this enewsletter.

Our summer begins early this year as we depart New England salt water in mid-June for the fresh waters of the Great Lakes. After visiting some ports in Connecticut and New York, the Providence will sail up the Hudson River to Albany, NY. She will then navigate the Erie Canal, all the way to Oswego, NY, where she will join a fleet of tall ships in the Great Lakes as part of American Sail Training Association’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE. Young people can join us for our Great Lakes Adventure by signing up for our Cadet Academy (ages 12-14) or Midshipmen Academy (ages 15-17). A complete listing of ports and Academy slots are listed in this enewsletter.

“Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest” comes out on July 7th. I can’t wait to see it! Keep a sharp eye out for the Providence in the film as she makes her major motion picture debut. I believe 2006 will prove to be one of the Providence’s most exciting years. Thank you for your continued interest and support of the Continental Sloop Providence.
Fair winds. – Robert Hofmann