Friday, 15 November 2013

Communicare Inc.

PHBC would like to acknowledge the invaluable long-term support that Communicare Inc. Rozelle have provided the club’s programs, in particular the club’s Viking Longship Project.

Back in 2010, Hanna Marzec from Communicare immediately saw the unique potential of the Viking Longship Project to engage with program participants and the broader community, and, together with the club, developed work experience programs connected to the ship. Since then, Communicare have provided three years of committed and passionate interest in the Viking Longship Project and related PHBC activities. Without their support the club would not have been able to engage the participants that we have. Other organisations such as the Salvation Army have since joined to support these programs.

We are thrilled that Communicare have also extended ongoing support for this exciting project as it moves into new stages of activity and engagement on Sydney Harbour and offshore.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

ANMM Vikings Exhibition - Beyond the Legend

Earlier this year the Australian National Maritime Museum approached the PHBC requesting the use of our ship as centrepiece for their Vikings - Beyond the Legend exhibition (September 2013 - February 2014). We were thrilled by this proposal and began a partnership process to facilitate this.

In the months leading up to the exhibition, the ANMM supported the ship through an accelerated restoration process to prepare her for display at Darling Harbour. They provided materials, labour and services, as well as wages for our shipwright to do some vital work on the ship. Check out the museum's Curator Blog for photos and info about this period of work on the ship.

This amazing opportunity has provided the Longship Project's progress a massive leap forward. New partnerships, exposure, as well as works completed on the ship are all wonderful outcomes, helping propel the ship rapidly towards becoming a fully functioning sail training vessel in Sydney and beyond.

Thankyou to the ANMM, and all sponsors and supporters who came on board at this time. 

Ship components completed during this time include:
  • Fish for the mast and boom crutch 

  • Steering oar

  • Complete strip-back and new coatings inside and out 

  • Mast and rigging 

  • Lightweight sail 

  • Thirty-two sea chests and shields