Barkentine Gazela Arrives in Gloucester Harbor

The 177-foot barkentine, Gazela, which was built in 1883, arrived in Gloucester Harbor this morning to participate in the 21st Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. Gazela’s homeport is Philadelphia, PA.

Length: 177 ft. overall, 140 ft. on deck, 133 ft. on the waterline

Height: 94 ft. from the deck

Width: 26 ft. at maximum beam

Draft: approx. 17 ft.

Tonnage: 652 deadweight, 299 gross

The barkentine, Gazela, was built in the shipyard of J. M. Mendes in Setubal, Portugal. Her records, as she now stands, date from 1901 but there is good evidence that many of the timbers used in her construction are from the ship Gazella (spelled with two Ls) which was built in 1883. Portugese stone pine is the primary wood used in her hull and decks while the masts and spars are of Douglas fir.

More information about the Gazela is available at