Locally built brigantine Matthew Turner provided a picturesque spectacle last weekend as she sailed through some of her final system checks and drills. The ship’s exercises also provided plenty of excellent photo opportunities. San Francisco Bay is known for its abundance of sailing eye candy. But how often do locals see tall ships fly a full set of sails?
The 132′ brigantine spent the weekend shaking out her sails across the Bay and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Matthew Turner‘s captain Adrian McCullough says the ship is very close to her final USCG Certificate of Inspection. “This week the ship went out and we practiced setting the sails, maneuvering, and completing drills in preparation for our Coast Guard inspection. The ship looked and sailed the best it ever has.”
While everyone is working hard to get the vessel “operational as soon as possible,” local nonprofit group Call of the Sea is looking forward to welcoming her to their operational fleet.
Matthew Turner will join the schooner Seaward in providing on-the-water education for youth and community members across the region.
Given her historic lines and classic beauty it is easy to imagine Matthew Turner as a fully traditional vessel. However her modern-day construction includes several innovative engineering and electrical features.
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