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PHASE ONE (HULL
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DECK, CABIN, AND
MASTS & SPARS
A GOLDEN RULE "PLANK OWNER"!
to help us see our project through are as welcome as they are needed.
send your tax-deductible contributions, payable to "Veterans
for Peace Golden Rule Project" to:
For Peace, Inc.
Golden Rule Project
P.O. Box 352
Redway, CA 95560
LETTERS AND RESOLUTIONS
OF SUPPORT FROM VFP CHAPTERS
VFP RESOLUTION TO ABOLISH NUCLEAR POWER
Golden Rule will sail once again! With
GOLDEN RULE the Anti-Nuke Flagship
Summer 2012 issue.
"Peace Boat Will Sail Again"
(Download article .pdf format)
Crimes Times www.warcrimestimes.org
(Eureka, CA) "Remember the Golden Rule;
Humbolt County veterans to put last plank on historical
3, 2012: Two years after the
Golden Rule sank in Humboldt Bay during a storm, the vessel that
was once used to protest militarism during the Cold War is now
one plank away from being watertight again... Read
News Journal (Wilmington, Ohio) "Ship
which sailed against nuclear testing being restored"
Sept. 26, 2011: On Aug. 27,
2010, life was proceeding as usual in Wilmington, Ohio. However,
2,500 miles away, in the small coastal town of Eureka, Cal., the
remains of a ship called the Golden Rule were found...
June 29, 2011: EUREKA A
motley crew of volunteers is fitting planks of purpleheart
across a gaping hole in the hull of a slender sailboat propped
up in the sand near Humboldt Bay... Read
rises again at Humbolt Bay..."
California Times Standard
30, 2011: Remember
the Golden Rule... A 30-foot wooden boat
rests in a boat yard at the edge of Fairhaven. Planks of wood
are missing from its hull some torn out by rough waters,
others carefully removed by the hands of men who see the small
vessel as a symbol of peace and activism...
History News Network
Dec. 20, 2010:
The "Golden Rule," the legendary 30-foot ketch that once
terrified U.S. government officials, will return to the seas again
this coming summer...
Nov. 24, 2010: Veterans for Peace
Begin Restoration of sailing Ketch
Sept. 9, 2010: Humboldt Bays
legendary anti-nuke ship puts in for repairs...
Recently, when a
battered, 30-foot sailboat, the Golden Rule, came to rest in a
small shipyard in northern California, the event did not inspire
fanfare. But, in fact, the Golden Rule was far more
important than it appeared...
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AND QUESTIONS TO:
AND VISITOR COMMENTS
THE GOLDEN RULE PROJECT
OF THE GOLDEN RULE
from Aug. 1958 issue of
The SKIPPER magazine
by Peggy Reynolds
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Shaver Renshaw's blog
SAVE THE PHOENIX
An Open Letter From
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Relatives of Golden Rule
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The Golden Rule off
Diamond Head, Hawaii, April 1958
THE GOLDEN RULE
mission of the Golden Rule Project of Veterans for Peace (VFP)
is to repair, restore and renovate the famous sailing ketch, the
Golden Rule. This little ship was sailed by four brave crewmen,
led by Albert Bigelow, in an attempt to stop atmospheric nuclear
testing in the Marshall Islands. They were boarded by
the US Coast Guard, arrested, and the boat towed back to
For Peace, together with friends of the Golden Rule, will
once again sail this vessel in opposition to militarism and the
manufacture, testing, and use of nuclear weapons. Over a period
of years, we plan for the Golden Rule to take its message
of peace far and wide on all three coasts, as well as the
Great Lakes and inland waterways.
OUR PROGRESS HERE
WHY THE GOLDEN RULE?
S. Wittner, professor of history at State University of
New York/Albany, put it into context in his February 8th,
2010 article entitled, "Preserving the Golden Rule,"
quoted here from the Huffington Post:
Rule is in danger. No, not the famed ethical code though
proponents of selfishness certainly have ignored it but a
thirty-foot sailboat of the same name that rose to prominence
about half a century ago.
The remarkable story of the Golden
Rule began in the late 1950s, as the world public grew
increasingly concerned about preparations for nuclear war. In
the United States, the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear
Policy (SANE) was launched in November 1957, and polls showed
rising uneasiness about the nuclear arms race especially
giant atmospheric nuclear weapons tests that spewed radioactive
fallout around the globe.
Although SANE quickly became
the largest peace organization in the United States, smaller
groups, committed to civil disobedience, sprang up as well. One
of them, Non-Violent Action Against Nuclear Weapons, drew the
participation of Albert Bigelow, a lieutenant commander in the
U.S. Navy during World War II. With the atomic bombing of
Hiroshima, Bigelow had concluded that "morally, war is
impossible," and a month before he became eligible for his
pension, he resigned from the U.S. Navy reserve. Joining the
Society of Friends, he plunged into the growing campaign of
resistance to nuclear weapons.
In January 1958, Bigelow and
three other pacifists wrote to President Dwight Eisenhower of
their plan to sail the Golden Rule into the U.S.
nuclear testing zone in the Pacific. "For years we have
spoken and written of the suicidal military preparations of the
Great Powers," they declared, "but our voices have
been lost in the massive effort of those responsible for
preparing this country for war. We mean to speak now with the
weight of our whole lives." They hoped their act would
"say to others: Speak Now."...
Read the whole article
PRESERVING THE GOLDEN RULE
$50,000.00 was raised during the first two years of the
project to restore the Golden Rule. Restoration
of the hull, the installation of a new engine, and completion
of deck beams completed "Phase One."
Now for Phase Two! which will hopefully bring
us to the rigging and outfitting stage.