Dana Point Ocean Institute Pilgrim Lift Friday April 3 2020

Dana Point Ocean Institute Tall Ship Pilgrim Courtesy of Ocean-Institute.org
Dana Point Ocean Institute Tall Ship Pilgrim Courtesy of Ocean-Institute.org

Dana Point Ocean Institute Updates the Community on the Status of the salvage of the Pilgrim Tall Ship on April 2 2020.
The keeled Pilgrim Tall Ship was being prepared to be lifted from the water on April 2 2020.
The Ocean Institute will continue preparing the vessel to be lifted from the water on April 3 2020.

The historic Tall Ship Pilgrim, keeled overnight on March 29 2020.

Dan Goldbacher, Director of Maritime Programs at The Ocean Institute updated the Community in an Online Video message about the status of the Pilgrim on Thursday April 2 2020.

On Thursday April 2 2020, a Barge with a Crane on board worked with Divers to prepare the vessel to be lifted from the water.

Goldbacher explains the process, “Curtin maritime has brought in they Crane. We are getting into position as we speak. We are starting to put straps underneath and that way we can slowly lift the vessel up and put more airbags underneath. As we are lifting up , we are going to pumping water out of the vessel trying to get her up and floated as best we can. It is going to a long process. This is just not something where it pops out really quick with the Crane.”

Goldbacher urged the public, “To Stay away at his point. We have the entire road blocked off down here.”

Ocean Institute April 2 2020 Update on the Pilgrim Tall Ship

It’s All in the Details!

Rigging of the Tall Ship Pilgrim, a 118’ wood hull sailing vessel, for the purpose of lifting the vessel above its gunnels in preparation for dewatering and transporting the vessel by tow to San Diego Shipyard.

Current Position of vessel:
On March 30, 2020 during a 0.7 low tide, the vessel was in 10 feet of water.
The vessel is on the bottom and leaning.
The vessel is in the Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point, California.

Utilize the Crane Barge DB Salta Verde to perform minimal “picks” to raise the Pilgrim’s deck approximately 1.5 feet above water to dewater the vessel.
Divers will position straps for the picks.
Once the vessel is raised, the vessel will be dewatered and inspected.
Upon inspection, if the vessel can be “patched” and no water intrusion is stopped, the vessel will be prepped for towing to a shipyard in San Diego, California.

Pilgrim (replica) , 118’ overall length, wood hull, wood keel.

Date of Proposed lift: April 2, 2020


0730 Divers will rig the Pilgrim for the first pick.
Slings will be attached from the drive shaft up the starboard and port sides.
Use of approximately 50% lift bags (already in place) and 50% crane lift.
Additional small lifts will follow if required.
Each lift will be monitored aboard DB Salta Verde to the pull load.
Initial lift will peak at 5-6,000 lbs.
The initial pick will happen at around noon during low tide.

Next Steps For Salvaging the Pilgrim

Friday April 3 2020: Pilgrim Lift

Thursday April 2 2020: Pilgrim Lift

Monday March 30 2020: Lift Boat out of Water & Stabilize it and its contents

In Near Future: Assessment of Pilgrim and Evaluation of How Pilgrim Capsized

The Ocean Institute stated on March 31 2020, “Thank you for sending your pictures, stories, and memories. The outpouring has been heartwarming and we will use the energy and support to write the next chapter.”

If you want to help the Ocean Institute, you can donate to their General Fund.
Ocean Institute General Operations Giving Fund Is Online

Pilgrim Tall Ship History is Online

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