Please allow me to introduce myself – my name is Julie Covert, I, along with my husband, Capt. Hugh Covert, and our crew are visiting Gloucester, MA with our tall ship, Schooner Huron Jewel. Although tall ships are a common sight in Gloucester, we have a unique story that one of your readers, Bob Driscoll of Vintage 211, said that we should contact you about as he felt you and your viewers would be interested in our story.
We are on a nine month goodwill tour, the Dream Inspiration Tour. Our mission is to put smiles on people’s faces by giving them free dockside tours of the schooner and more importantly to encourage people to follow their dreams to make them happen – it was our dream to build a schooner, which we did after emptying out our savings and retirement accounts. Now we are sailing to inspire others by our example to make their dreams a reality.
This is Capt Hugh’s ninth boat that he has built, he also designed her. He and I built her over the course of 2 1/2 years where we live on Drummond Island, MI and launched her in 2018. We departed Michigan on August 20, 2022 and have now traveled over 2200 nautical miles, through the Great Lakes, St Lawrence Seaway, to the East Coast and are now making our way south.
For our Gloucester stop we are docked at and partnering with Ocean Alliance (www.whale.org), to offer free dockside tours during our stay. We’re also helping to tell people about the importance of Ocean Alliance’s research work and why it’s important to keep trash where it belongs and keep the oceans clean so the marine environment can stay healthy.
We had planned to only be here a couple of days, but the high wind and waves from storms spawned by the hurricanes are preventing us from leaving until this coming week, so we will be here offering free tours for a few more days and want to get the word out.
We would be happy for you to come see the ship and do a story about us to let people in the area know they can come visit.
As I have limited email I’m best reached by phone or text at xxxxxxccx to answer your questions.
More information about our tour can be found at www.ditallship.com/dreamtourHere is a news story about our arrival in Oswego, NY https://www.nny360.com/artsandlife/artsandentertainment/port-of-oswego-to-host-tall-ship-sunday-aug-28/article_2778ece4-2967-5e07-838f-c16617244dd3.html
Capt Hugh and Julie Covert
Sailing to Inspire Others to Follow Their Dreams