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Want to be a ‘shore angel’?

Cargo sailboat seeks portside volunteers

| 11 Mar 2022 | 03:42

Schooner Apollonia, a 64-foot cargo sailboat, hauled thousands of pounds of goods up and down the Hudson River last year. Connecting the Hudson Valley and NYC, the boat made 55 port calls in 15 different ports. This year, the Apollonia crew is inviting volunteers to sign up to be “Shore Angels” – people who help the boat and make it feel welcome when it calls at a port.

“We found so many people stepping out of the woodwork last year because they believe in our mission to reduce carbon emissions in shipping,” said Captain Sam Merrett. “It’s amazing to see the support.”

This year, the Shore Angel program will keep things simple but provide volunteers with chances to greet the boat at docks, help with cargo transfers, run shoreside events, and generally continue the mission.

“I kept showing up for Apollonia and now I’m part of the official team,” said photographer Brad Vogel. “Getting involved as a volunteer will get you thinking of new ways to reduce fossil fuel use.”

Sign up to serve as a shore angel at schoonerapollonia.com.