Monday, February 22, 2016

Hoist the Sails

Can you believe - yesterday Mom and Dad left us all alone in Florida and went to another State - yes they did - we were abandoned while they went to Georgia! Okay - it's not as bad as it sounds as Georgia is only 35 minutes away but we have to make them feel guilty - right? 

Anyhoo - they went to a little place called St Mary's which is on the St Mary's River. Now there isn't a lot in St Mary's - in fact the whole place looks kind of run down, lots of empty buildings and stores and the only thing that really keeps it going is the near by Kings Bay Submarine Base and the ferry that takes people over to Cumberland Island. Cumberland Island is very popular with hikers and campers as it is undeveloped and has wild horses running all over it. The river front area of St Mary's was very nice and they have created some small but really pretty parks (which I might point out Mom said were dog friendly!) and Mom and Dad enjoyed seeing those - but Mom also spotted the masts of a tall ship in the distance so off they went for a look and as it turns out this weekend they had free tours of it.

The ship is called the Peacemaker and both Mom and Dad were amazed at the inside of it - talk about sailing in luxury! (Make sure you click on the pics to see them bigger and check out their website too - the inside is amazing) It was so roomy inside with beautiful stained glass panels everywhere and the most comfortable fixtures. Mom sad the wood smelled absolutely beautiful too. Then Mom heard they were planning to sail to Australia soon  and she was all ready to jump aboard and go....until she got home and started reading about the ship.

The Peacemaker, originally named Avany, was built on a riverbank in southern Brazil using traditional methods and tropical hardwoods, and was launched in 1989. The original owner motored in the southern Atlantic Ocean before bringing the ship up through the Caribbean to Savannah, Georgia, where they intended to rig it as a three-masted staysail Marconi rigged motor sailer. The work was never done and in the summer of 2000 it was purchased by the Twelve Tribes. They spent the next seven years replacing all of the ship’s mechanical and electrical systems and rigging it as a barquentine. The refit vessel set sail for the first time in the spring of 2007, under the name Peacemaker - now some of you may remember we mentioned before how it is considered to be VERY bad luck to change a ships name after if has been launched - and that is what they did with this. Mom said that is bad ju-ju and she couldn't go sailing on a ship that had changed it's name :)

When Mom and Dad read that Twelve Tribes were the owners they thought is was an Indian group but when they got home and did some research it turns out it is a religious group who some refer to as a 'cult'.  Now we don't know if it is or not but one thing we do know - is the ship is currently for sale so if you happen to have $2.9 million in your piggy bank - it could be all yours :)


  1. Wow! That was amazing! Thank you for posting these great pictures and the story behind it all!

  2. Wow, that is like stepping back in time.
    OMD, I LOVE the parrot stained glass window!
    Lynne x

  3. It's too bad we live in Central New South Wales, otherwise we'd definitely buy that ship...or maybe even two. BOL!

  4. OMD love this ship, makes you want to be a pirate.

    Aroo to you,

  5. Thanks for all the background on that tall ship. It is just exquisite, especially the stained glass.

    We are glad Mom is going to sail away, we (and you) would miss her.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  6. That is SO beautiful! I"m going to ask for a raise in my allowance. I can just picture sailing that baby on the Kansas Ocean!!!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

  7. It kind of looks like a pirate ship. We thought 12 tribes might have some biblical association. Good thing your mom checked it out before swimming out and jumping on! Now about leaving yous alone while they scampered off to a whole other state . . . we sure hope they brought back pressies!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  8. That ship is soooo beautiful inside and outside, stunning!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  9. Oh love all the pictures!! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Gorgeous! SOrry you guys were abandoned though. I'm sure your mom will make it up to you, and I have a feeling you enjoyed a nice long nap!

  11. Looks like an amazing ship! We love all the interesting stuff you tell us
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  12. For $2.9 million you get the bad ju-ju ~ why I got that for free, what a rip.
    Seriously I would live to see the Peacemaker, maybe it could sail up the Mississippi.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  13. I'm with your Mom.....bad....vibes....for a long sail!

  14. Wows, it sure is beautifuls! Butts, I don't thinks my piggy bank has that many pennies in they take Bitcoin??! yeah, don't have that many zeros there you thinks they will take Milkbones??! I could take up a neighborhood collection! Anyhu, very cool ship, and I hopes you guys made your peeps feel REAL guilty when they gots home...☺
    Ruby ♥

  15. Bowsers the Peacemaker looks pawsome. We wonder if Black Dog the Pirate sailed about that ship.

    Sherman & Gemini

  16. Wow! That is gorgeous. Let me check my change jar and see if I have a few million so I can buy it. BOL! BOL! I visited Downunder Daisy and she has a painting that you did on her post. You are soooo talented!

  17. OMD!!! How pawsome is that ship! We could definitely see ourselves taking a trip on her.
    BIG licks,
    Wally & Sammy

  18. Well guys I think we should probably keep ours mums away from those tall ships, just to be on the safe side. Gail once told me she had a fantasy of running away to sea to join one.
    And why she thinks she need to 'run away' to sea when we have a perfectly good beach just a mile away anyway…
    Toodle pip!

  19. What a beautiful ship! Love the stained glass window!

  20. Oh that looks like a fab ship for all pirates... how bad that you were not aboard as the Peacemaker crossed the sea... I wish I had such a ship... do you think I should push it on my wishlist for Santa? ...or is that too much for Rudolph and his crew?

  21. Hari OM
    What a great ship to visit - am a bit jelly your peeps got to walk on those decks! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  22. I am with your mom, I am feeling the bad ju-ju through this post. They, some weird religious cult, changed the ship's name. Nopoe, not getting on that at all.

  23. What a beautiful ship! Too bad your mom and dad forgot to take you along...

  24. Looks like a totally amazing trip except for the part where you didn't get to go! Love Dolly

  25. I think your parents may be addicted to water and ships. I wonder if there is a counseling program for that???

  26. Wow...That is one beautiful ship!! Our Mama is going gaga over the stained glass!!!
    Thanks sooo much for sharing this!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo


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