Dana Point Ocean Institute Pilgrim Tall Ship Update Tuesday April 7 2020

Pilgrim Tall Ship March 29 2020 Courtesy of The Ocean Institute
Pilgrim Tall Ship March 29 2020 Courtesy of The Ocean Institute

Dana Point Ocean Institute Updates the Community on the Status of the salvage of the Pilgrim Tall Ship on Tuesday April 7 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 Tuesday April 7 2020.

Goldbacher reported that, “Today the Savage Crew Curtain Maritime as well as Towboat U.S. are going to be removing the Masts. Then we are going to start the process of removing the Vessel.
Unfortunately, we are unable to lift the vessel out of the water, so the salvage crew will be starting this process in the next couple of days.”

Goldbacher stressed, “We will keep everyone in the loop as we keeping going through.” and that “We appreciate everyone’s support.”

Goldbacher urges everyone to stay home and stay healthy and stay safe.

Ocean Institute April 7 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

Sunday April 5 2020: Take Masts off the Pilgrim. Clean up. Pulling the boat out of the slip.
Demolition process

Friday April 3 2020: Pilgrim Lift

Thursday April 2 2020: Pilgrim Lift Preparation with a Barge from Curtain Maritime with a Crane on board worked with Divers to prepare the vessel to be lifted from the water.

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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