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Golden Rule Ready to Launch

As reported in the March 2013 issue of Latitude 38, a group of dedicated volunteers has been working tirelessly over the past few years restoring the historic ketch Golden Rule to better-than-new condition. They plan to launch her on June 20 in Humboldt Bay.

Under the guidance of master shipwrights, volunteers rebuilt Golden Rule from stem to stern.

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Why historic? Because she was the first vessel used to challenge nuclear testing activities on North Pacific Islands in 1958. Check out the website and you will learn how this humble vessel spearheaded a movement of nonviolent protest.

A rare photo of the Golden Rule under sail in 1985.

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The Rule’s resurrection has been nothing short of amazing, as she was derelict and partially destroyed before the Veterans for Peace took on the rebuilding project. Soon, says project supporter Skip Oliver, "The reborn Golden Rule will voyage once more, to show that nuclear abolition is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism." Her first planned voyage will be in July, when she’ll sail to San Diego for the Vets for Peace national convention.

Golden Rule was looking sweet on June 2 when her mast was raised. 

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The christening and launch will take place at 2 p.m. on June 20 at Zerlang & Zerlang Marine Services, 1493 Fay Ave. in Samoa (near Eureka). All are welcome. An associated celebration will take place later that day when the Golden Rule docks in downtown Eureka, accompanied by a welcoming flotilla. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka, representatives from Greenpeace, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Quaker Friends, Veterans for Peace, and families of the original crew will speak, and oral histories will be presented by prominent peace activists. RSVPs by email are greatly appreciated.

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