Launching the Fleet Auction

Join us at Independence Seaport Museum for a Boat Launch & Cocktails to support The Whaleboat Project

There's still time to get your ticket(s) to the "Launching the Fleet" this Saturday, June 8th. Ticket prices start at just $50!

Purchase ticket(s) online or RSVP to Megan Fesolovich at215-413-8658 or mfesolovich@phillyseaport.org.

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Preview and Bid on Auction Items Before the Event!

Check out our auction items now and submit your bid early!

This year, we’re offering all our supporters the chance to win big at our silentand live auctions—even those who are unable to physically attend Saturdayevening’s event.

Here’s how it works:

    1. Scroll through the silent and live auction packages listed below.
    2. Email your bid(s) to mfesolovich@phillyseaport.org with your full name, address, and telephone number so we can contact you if you’re the highest bidder. Remember: Bid high especially if you cannot attend Saturday evening!
    3. At the event, your name and bid amount will be listed on the silent auction forms and/or announced as the starting bid for live items—depending on which item you bid.
    4. If you’re the winner, you will be contacted Monday, June 10.

Important: Online Bids will not be accepted after 3:00 p.m. EST Saturday, June 8.

Boats & Adventure

Commission a Stand up Paddle Board

Value: $1,650 - Minimum Bid: $1,500

Meet with the build team to customize your one of a kind SUP, a Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) design. Why are Stand-Up Paddleboards all the rage? Because they're ridiculously fun, like walking on water. It's taken CLC five years and more prototypes than they care to count to refine the two Kaholo SUP boards. Working with surfing and paddleboard guru Larry Froley of Gray Whale Trading in California, CLC has created two beautiful hollow wooden boards with that rare quality of being fast enough to race but stable enough for first-timers. Tracking is great and a fine bow with kayak-derived shaping lifts the Kaholo 12-6 and 14 up and over waves. The tail shape and twin fins facilitate surfing on long swells once your skills build up to that.

Compliments of UrbanPromise & Urban BoatWorks

Watch a Race on Silent Maid

Value: $1,500 - Minimum Bid: $500

Feel the wind in your hair as you join Independence Seaport Museum President and CEO, John Brady, aboard Silent Maid for lunch and to watch A-Class cat boat races on Barnegat Bay. This experience is for six people on a mutually agreeable Saturday in July or August, 2013. 

Compliments of Peter Kellogg


Dockside Reception Aboard the Cruiser Olympia

Value: $1,000 - Minimum Bid: $300

Take your party of up to 100 guests back in time with a reception aboard the oldest floating steel warship in the world - the Olympia. The event must be scheduled after 5 p.m. and may be up to four hours in duration (subject to prior commitments). Catering not included but maybe arranged through the Museum’s preferred caterers. Ship is located behind 301 S. Columbus Boulevard.

Compliments of Independence Seaport Museum

Waterfront Weekend

Value: $400 - Minimum Bid: $400

Immerse yourself in historic Philadelphia with an overnight stay at the luxurious Sheraton Society Hill Philadelphia just steps away from the icons of the foundation of our nation. Enjoy a meal at Moshulu, breakfast at Taste and a behind the scenes tour of Independence Seaport Museum.

Compliments of Sheraton Society Hill, Moshulu and Independence Seaport Museum

Be Part of a Vanguard 15 Race Crew

Value: Priceless - Minimun Bid: $200

Join Corinthian Yacht Club Champion and ISM Board Member Jack Gregg for a Wednesday race at Corinthian. Due to the nature of this experience, weight and mobility restrictions apply: winner must weigh no more than 140 pounds and be relatively agile.  Little or no experience necessary.

Compliments of Jack Gregg

Cruise on Patriot 

Value: $750 - Minimum Bid: $450

Enjoy a cruise for up to 30 people on Patriot, a reproduction of a classic 1920's commuter yacht built in 2001. The Patriot is certified by the Coast Guard and is perfect for river tours, charters, birthday parties, corporate outings, anniversaries and cocktail parties. The vessel features wrap around seating, a fully equipped bar and a restroom.

Compliments of Philly by Boat

17' Chesapeake Light Craft

Value: $3,000
- Minimum bid:$2,000

17' Chesapeake Light Craft designed by Chesapeake an enduring favorite among paddlers. High-volume bows lift you over rough seas - or powerboat wakes -while the skeg-like stern prevents weather-cocking in blustery winds. They are used in expeditions above the Arctic Circle and for day paddling in Florida. Model comes with a custom cedar strip deck.

Compliments of UrbanPromise

SS United States Photo Safari

Value: Priceless - Minimum bid: $500

A photography lesson with Chris Santaniello onboard the renowned SS United States ship. On a mututally agreeable date.

Compliments of SS United States Conservancy and Chris Santaniello 

Gold Threesome at Merion Golf Club - Home of the US Open 2013
Value: Priceless - Minimum bid: $400

You and two guests can tee up with Museum Port Warden Gordon Keen at one of the finest clubs in the country. Lunch is provided. Available on a mutually agreed date and time.

Compliments of Gordon Keen

Special Events

Catering By Design Fireworks Event

Value: $2,500 - Minimum bid: $1,000

Enjoy Friday Night Lights fireworks over the Delaware from the terrace at the Seaport on a mutually agreeable Friday in August. Catering by Design will provide cocktails and hors d'ouvres from 7:30-9:30 for up to 25 people. Catering By Design is the purposeful manifestation of pairing food and design in every last detail of an event.

Compliments of Catering By Design and Independence Seaport Museum

Cooper River Paddle Trip

Value: $375 - Minimum bid: $200
Experience a fully outfitted opportunity for six people to paddle the Cooper River through Camden, experiencing stunning views of the Philadelphia skyline. Includes a picnic lunch, date and time to be decided with the Urban Boatworks staff for the fall of 2013.

Compliments of UrbanPromise & UrbanBoatWorks 

One Week of Summer Camp at Independence Seaport Museum

Value: $275 - Minimum bid: $75

Send your child (aged 7-13) to a week of Seaport Summer Camp. In addition to themed activities, campers will kayak and row in boats built by our very own Workshop on the Water in the protected Penn’s Landing basin, tour our two historic ships, and participate in tons of hands-on activities and crafts!

Compliments of Independence Seaport Museum

Pine Barrens Paddle Trip

Value: $475 - Minimum bid: $250

Experience the natural beauty of one of our region's hidden gems. A fully outfitted paddle trip for six people on the Wading River through the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Includes a picnic lunch, date and time to be decided with the UrbanBoatworks staff for the fall of 2013.

Compliments of UrbanPromise & Urban BoatWorks

Other Great Items 

Jay Michael Salon and Spa

Value: $200 - Minimum bid: $75

Feel the need for a new look, or just a little pampering? Enjoy a day at Jay Michael Salon and Spa. Offering indulgent body treatments, facials, nail care, waxing and make-up services, Jay Michael offers a complete package of exceptional beauty solutions.

Compliments of Jay Michael Salon and Spa

Bradley Cooper Autographed Photo Package 

Value: $125 - Minimum bid: $50

Autographed photo of Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper from Silver Linings Playbook, for which he was nominated Best Actor. Includes a Blu-ray of Silve rLinings Playbook and tickets to the Ritz Theater.

Compliments of Colin Campano

Serpent Sea Key Rings 

Value: $105 - Minimum bid: $25

Each key ring is named after one of the sea nymphs in Greek mythology who oftenaccompanied Poseidon, God of the Sea, to protect and help sailors fightingstorms. In the same spirit the key rings shall be charms for good luck.

 Compliments of Serpent Sea

Whaleboat Model by Joe Jordan

Value: $150 - Minimum bid: $50

The boat is a Utility Dinghy  in common use for centuries all over the world. Scale is 1" = 1' (1/12th),  based on a Midwes tkit.  This model was built in the PSMS Model Shack in 2012, and observed by many visitors. 

Compliments of Joe Jordan

Jewelry by Tselaine

Value: $200 - Minimum bid: $50

Indulge yourself with a custom made Lapis, Chalcedony, and Sterling Silver Necklace by prominent Philadelphia jewelry designer Elaine Tse. A pair of Anchor Earrings will be the perfect addition to any nautical ensemble.

Compliments of Tselaine

Send your bid(s) to mfesolovich@phillyseaport.org with the name of the item, bid, your full name, address, and telephone number so we can contact you if you’re the highest bidder. Remember: Bid high if you cannot attend Saturday's event!

Important: Bids will not be accepted after 3:00 p.m. EST Saturday, June 8.

If you have any questions please contact Megan Fesolovich at 215-413-8658 or mfesolovich@phillyseaport.org.