New Jersey has its own tall ship — the A. J. Meerwald, a restored 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster schooner — and it begins the season on April 15.
Paul Gray of Archi-Tech (on Phillips Boulevard in Ewing) will be on the volunteer crew to help sail the Meerwald from Bivalve to Philadelphia.”I believe they will be in Philly until the 26th, then they start their season of wandering around NJ doing school programs, educational sails, public sails and their teambuilding programs,” writes Gray. He explains:
The non-profit is the Bayshore Discovery Project whose charter, in part, reads:“The Bayshore Discovery Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to motivating people to take care of the environment, history, and culture of New Jersey’s Bayshore region through education, preservation, and example.”
“The organization runs educational programs for school groups aboard the Meerwald, as well as at their musuem in Port Norris. Their teambuilding program consists of taking groups of people aboard the Meerwald for a six hour cruise, where the natural team elements of handling a traditional schooner form the backbone of the “formal” teambuilding program.”
Gray’s company, Archi-Tech, has signed his company up for the team-building event on the schooner in September. Says Gray: “I very much like the concept of a non-profit supporting themselves by this type of “commercial” activity.”