Conch Republic Flagship Visits Bristol
Visit the Schooner WOLF at Bristol Harbor through Wednesday.
"We are honored to have you as members of out fleet. My standing orders to all of you ... carry on smartly; just don't do it in public."
With that, Capt. Finbar Gittelman swore in the newest members of the Conch Republic Navy, while docked in Bristol Harbor. The Schooner WOLF docked in the harbor Sunday and hosted a dockside reception for visitors Monday evening. The WOLF is the designated flagship of the Conch Republic. It is designed after the blockade runners that patrolled the Florida straights, Carribean Sea and Atlantic Ocean in defense of the island nation also known as Key West, Florida.
"Like all great nations, we have a Navy, and the WOLF is out flagship," said Gittelman, who helped build the 74-foot schooner in the early 1980s. "Our primary mission is defending the Conch Republic. But that's a pretty easy job, since the Conch Republic doesn't have any enemies."
In its spare time away from engaging in fierce Naval battles against a non-existent enemy in the Caribbean, the WOLF serves as a cargo vessle delivering aid to areas struck by natural disasters. The 37-ton ship can carry more than 20 tons of cargo to points all over the Caribbean, including to Haiti after the devastating earthquake.
The WOLF is available for viewing through Wednesday at Bristol Harbor, Thames and Church streets. It is docked close to the tall ship Picton Castle, also visiting through the 4th. Guests are welcome to visit the WOLF after 10 a.m. into the early evening.