There is a tall ship visiting Vancouver USA. But this is not the usual historic tall ship we might expect. A very modern ship that was custom built to minimize impact on the seas she sails and provides a state-of-the-art campaign base for Greenpeace advocacy is docked in Vancouver, WA. The ship will be open to the public this weekend, November 2nd and 3rd 2013. Ship tours and family activities are free.
It's an amazing vessel to look at... with soaring A-frame masts and a sleek hull. This new Rainbow Warrior built in 2011, is a far cry from the original retro-fitted rusty fishing trawler that ultimately was sunk by the French intelligence service in the 1980's.
The newest Rainbow Warrior, a 190 ft. Staysail Schooner, can sail long distances without using the combination diesel-electric engine thus minimizing reliance on fossil fuels. The shape of the hull minimizes fuel use as well. Interestingly, as few as two crewmembers can set the sails at the push of a button.
The heat created by the generators is re-used to heat the water on board and for engine pre-heating. On board, up to 59 cubic meters of grey and black water can be stored, avoiding any need for at sea disposal. And a special biological filtering system helps clean and recycle grey water.
There is even a central filling and venting system for fuel and oils to prevent spills.
Ship's Captain Joel Stewart, a native Oregonian, began his career by sailing freighters and fishing boats. He saw firsthand what damage ships and their cargo could do to the environment. He was very close to the area when the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound releasing thousands of barrels of crude oil on Alaska waters and shores. He signed on with Greenpeace as he truly believed in their mission and wanted be part of positive environmental policy change. Video: The Captain's Perspective.
Since the ship was constructed to the specifications of Greenpeace, it provides space for both scientific and advocacy work. The revolutionary mast design allows the ship to carry more sail, and makes room for the radio masts, antennas, and domes that provide internet and satellite communications -- facilitating the crew in broadcasting video from remote locations and communicating world-wide when there are environmental crimes being committed.
Also on board is a huge conference/class room with modern AV equipment and a campaign office with communications equipment. Add in a helipad and easy launching of their small boats during an action, the Rainbow Warrior has everything Greenpeace could have dreamed of in a sleek, safe and effective campaign vessel.
The new Rainbow Warrior is a true example of a green vessel and of an organization "walking the talk." Whether you love ships, are interested in learning more about the environmental activism of Greenpeace or just want something interesting to do with the family, a visit to the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior during their "open ship" will be a great thing to do. You'll enjoy meeting the young, multi-national crew.
You can tour the ship (free) on Saturday and Sunday. It is just behind (or west of) the Red Lion at the Quay at the base of the I-5 Bridge. Wear shoes that will not slip on steep damp gangplanks.
Sunday morning will include family friendly activities like face painting, costumes for taking photos, custom temporary tattoos and stickers, and coloring sheets. Tours of the ship will also be adapted for a younger audience.
Location: Vancouver Landing
Address: West of 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, OR 98660
Times: From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday