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 and his family 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 stay-sail Marconi rigged motor sailer.
The work was never done, however, and in the summer of 2000, it was purchased by the Twelve Tribes, a religious group with 50 or so communities in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. 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
The Peacemaker will be used to travel between the communities of the Twelve Tribes while providing an apprenticeship program for their youth in sailing, seamanship, navigation, and boat maintenance.
The ship has a United States Coast Guard attraction vessel permit and is available for festivals and dockside hospitality events
The beauty of this ship is breathtaking, to say the least. At first glance, the ship seems to magically transform itself, and offers insight into what sea-travel must have been during the times the ship was crafted after.
The Peacemaker is awe-inspiring, thought-provoking and a photographers dream come true.
Every nook, cranny, starboard and port holds its own story of beauty, just waiting to share itself with you.
Lucky for us, The Tall Ship Peacemaker arrives in Panama City!
Details after the break
Enjoy free dockside tours aboard the tall ship Peacemaker at the Panama City Marina, beginning Thurday, January 13th, through Monday, January 31st.
This classic 150-foot barquentine was built in Brazil of the finest tropical hardwoods, îpe and mahogany. Its traditional rig takes us back to the age of sail. Tours will be from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM daily. Special group tours may be given upon request.
Call Lee Philips at 912-399-6946 for details.
Photo Credit: Tom Turner