Schedule of Upcoming
All dates and details should be confirmed through the LSCo Hotline 301-390-4089 - note, this is a person's house, please don't call before Eastern Time or after ).
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Current voyage schedule
The Sae Hrafn was successfully launched for the 2022 season on May 28 - the earliest launch in recent memory - after being out of the water for two years due to COVID-19 having disrupted our normal activities. The wood had dried out during that time, but in a week or two she swelled up to usual condition.
Saturday October 22 Voyage- This will be the last voyage before the down-rigging voyage (though we may still have a voyage after down-rigging on which we experiment with expedient mast and sail) Mid-October is generally best time of year for going out on the ship: the weather is pleasantly mild, there are usually winds suitable for sailing, the bugs are gone, and the leaves are starting to turn. Don't miss this one!
October 29 - no voyage - critical work session instead - see work sessions below
Saturday November 19 - Voyage and Down-Rigging We will down-rig and lower the mast. We need a decent size crew to be able to lower the mast safely.
November 26 or December 3 Possible voyage in which we experiment with expedient mast and sail configurations
Saturday December 10 - Haul Out This is the only really good tide day on a Dec weekend (or even weekday) for haul out (other than the 25th/26th) so we are committed to it. As usual, we will shuttle vehicles and the trailer to the ramp, row the ship to the ramp, wrestle her up onto the trailer, haul her out of the water and back to Oakley, where we will put her in the shelter for the winter. Its the most critical and time-critical task of the year
INTERESTED IN COMING ALONG ON A VOYAGE?
Our typical voyage is a casual afternoon trip of a few hours, devoted to developing ship handling skills, conducting archeology by experimentation, scouting locations for future filming or other activities, and/or just enjoying the the water, sun, surroundings, wildlife, etc. while getting some great exercise. Those guests physically able to do so are expected to help in rowing and the general operation of the ship as needed. Depending on crew size, the weather, and other conditions, we may go out on the lower Potomac (or Chesapeake or Patuxent - depending where we are docked), or explore some of the nearer and more sheltered estuaries in the area. If you would like to take part in a voyage, we welcome you to come along as a guest -- space and circumstances permitting. Contact us to make arrangements and get the required information. There is no charge. However, donations to the organization are most welcome, and enable us to maintain these unique historical and educational resources here in the mid-Atlantic region.
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Maintaining the ship is critical to the Longship Company, and participating in the work provides as much, or more, historical experience and insight as sailing and rowing on her.
WORK SESSIONS 2022 -- Dates and tasks are tentative depending on the weather. Check for updates on the listserve
Saturday September 24 Instead of a voyage we will be having a work session in which we will continue making preparations for the shelter cover replacement next month, doing more minor repairs on the ship, working on converting the small trailer into a cargo carrier, and maintaining some other equipment. If we get all that done early enough, we might finish the square-rig for the Chaika (15' dory skif).
Saturday October 29 We need to replace the shelter cover, and, barring heavy rain, this is the date. We will need people who can work up on ladders to attach the ends, and put some sort of padding on the peak support frame, then a good number of strong hands to haul the main cover up from one side, over the frame.
Gyrfalcon Refinishing Sanding and refinishing of the Gyrfalcon was started a couple of years ago. It needs to be completed. Although ideally that would be done in the shelter when the Sae Hrafn is in the water, much of the remaining work could be done in the open, just pulling the boat out in front of the barn. (There is a 10'x10' pop-up canopy frame in the barn, which could be set up in front of the barn with a tarp draped over it for shade and/or protection from rain - with the tarp perhaps extended back to the barn to give full coverage of the boat if need be.) Anyone interested in taking on this as a project, let us know - Two or even three people could comfortably work on the Gyrfalcon at a time, and would be sufficient to man-handle it around as needed
At home work projects We are preparing a list of projects that members can be working on at home. Watch for updates.
June 1 thru November 30 - Hurricane season standby Should there be credible prediction of a hurricane or tropical storm hitting the region, an emergency work party will be scheduled to secure the ship, the shelter, etc. We usually have about a week's warning when forming Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes first become potential threats to the Mid-Atlantic coast, and usually know with some certainty whether they will actually make landfall in this area about three days before they reach here.
Maryland Irish Festival - Friday - Sunday November 11 - 13 Please contact Leonard if you can take part even for a few hours, as that will prevent people from having to put in overly long days staying there from opening till closing. We will have our usual large, multi-facted, exhibit including the Gyrfalcon. LSCo has become a major part of the cultural aspect of the festival, educating the attendees on the significant role of the Vikings in Irish history.
Fenby November 18, 19, 20 Traditional and modern crafts event at Oakley Farm. Camping available for those so inclined
All dates and details should be confirmed through the LSCo Hotline 301-390-4089 - note, this is a person's house, please don't call before Eastern Time or after
Email longshipco AT hotmail.com for more information on all events
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All activities of the Longship Co., Ltd., including activities involving the Sae Hrafn or the Gyrfalcon, are at the discretion of the Board of Directors. If you have any questions about specific events contact the person(s) listed above, if you have something for the board, the newsletter, or want more info on joining, please contact the board at the company email box LongshipCo@hotmail.com --- or call the Longship Hotline at 301-390-4089 (Maryland, USA) for more information.
1. All crew (LSCo members and guests) and officers are expected to row if physically possible. Guests MAY be excused from this requirement.
2. Personal Flotation Devices (Life Preservers) are stowed under the thwarts. If you can't swim or are a poor swimmer, we strongly recommend that you wear one. If you are a good swimmer, be sure to keep it at hand. If you are below the age of 13, Maryland law requires that you wear one at all times. If conditions warrant it, you will all be ordered to wear them. The Mate will demonstrate how they are worn.
3. Please feel free to ask questions or request help from any officer or crew member.
4. In addition, we request that you report any danger or unusual occurrences that you may observe. We can't see everything all the time.
5. In the event that someone falls overboard, speed is of the utmost importance and their rescue shall take precedence over everything else. Shout "Man Overboard!" as loudly as you can and immediately throw a life vest, life ring, or anything that floats, towards them. Even if they are already wearing a life vest, additional flotation will still be useful. If they sink, it will mark the spot we need to return to. Under no circumstances should anyone else jump overboard, as we do not need to try to rescue two people at the same time. If you fall overboard, don't panic. We will be making maximum, and as speedy as possible, effort to retrieve you. And, in some of the areas where we normally take the ship, the water is less than five feet deep, meaning that a person can stand touching bottom with head above water.
6. We carry ample water aboard. Please avail yourself whenever thirsty, or in hot weather, even before you're thirsty.
7. Please keep one hand for yourself and one for the ship.
8. Ask permission before moving from your station.
9. Please ask permission if you want to use any ship's equipment.
10. Please do not litter. Trash will be stowed in designated places.
11. Never jump into any vessel. They are not built for it.
12. Orders will be given by the officers and will always be clearly indicated. Any sentence beginning with "I wonder what . . . " or "I think we should . . . " is a matter being considered and/or discussed, and NOT an order, so do not jump the gun and start the action before the actual order is given.
13. You are reminded you are on this voyage voluntarily. As such, you are responsible for your own safety. Please act prudently and responsibly in all situations.
14. There will be no smoking on this vessel.
15. The use of alcohol will be strictly controlled*, and at the discretion of the Captain.
16. The possession and use of any drugs not prescribed by your doctor, or any illegal substances, is forbidden. If any violation of this regulation is revealed, the vessel will return directly to port, and the authorities will be notified. The Coast Guard will seize any vessels with drugs aboard, and we wish to avoid that fate.
(*Out on the water in general, and especially on a crew-dependent ship like ours, consumption of alcohol even in moderate amounts can be dangerous. So, while alcohol is not absolutely prohibited in all cases, safety is paramount. When allowed, consumption of alcohol will be limited to amounts that will not affect performance and will not have any possibility of jeopardizing safety.)