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By Michael Breza
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Appleton claims Houdini as their own so why not add PIRATES to that? We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring to Appleton, Wisconsin a full scale pirate ship structure, turning it into a fun, hands-on activity area for children to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).  But to do it, and to make the most of this fantastic ship possible, we need your help.

Houdini wants Appleton to be a port for pirates.
Houdini wants Appleton to be a port for pirates.

OUR STORY

The Paper Discovery Center was opened in 2005 with the idea that it would be a place for people to learn about how paper is made. As the years went on the focus shifted towards engaging elementary age students in hands-on science activities, as well as learning to make paper by hand. After 13 years of use, and changes, the time is ripe to make a bigger, bolder move into the world of pirates.

Paper Discovery Center
Paper Discovery Center

The chance to move an 85 foot long replica pirate ship from a renaissance fair to our park location next to the Paper Discovery Center has appeared and we are jumping on it. Houdini is great and Appleton loves him but here is a fabulous chance to fire up the imaginations of children by teaching STEAM based science by using a pirate ship.

Pirate details.
Pirate details.

What is really exciting is that this pirate ship will be right next to a new river trail crossing that will open in 2019. Not only will this pirate ship give Appleton a fantastic attraction (not many Midwest cities can brag about their pirate ship), something so cool and awesome that families will come from miles around to be on it, but we can  teach science, technology, engineering, art, math in a most interesting way... done up in a pirate theme.

Another cabin on the ship.
Another cabin on the ship.
Inside the pirate ship.
Inside the pirate ship.
Simple details, big fun.
Simple details, big fun.

Call it Pirate Science.

More details.
More details.

BUDGET

So everyone is going to ask this anyway, but unlike real pirates we cannot go about stealing everything we need to pull this off. That would really wreck our "non-profit" status. 

Here is a break down:

$50,000 to purchase ship structure

$10,000 for removal, crane, trucks

$32,000 for 16 different STEAM based hands-on exhibits, 

$2,500 concrete slab and sidewalk poured

$5,000 fencing to secure site while closed

$2,000 ADA ramp and railings for ship entrance

$1,000 admission gate shack

$1,000 electrical improvements

$3,000 site prep work

$3,000 masts and flag poles

$2,000 ropes and pulleys

$1,000 flags and faux sail fabric

$1,000 interior, exterior lights and smoke alarms

$500 paint

Total is $114,000, with this Kickstarter campaign seeking $60,000 of that amount, with the rest to be raised through local sponsors and donated goods and labor. 

Very cool pirate ship.
Very cool pirate ship.

SHIP PARTS

It was built in sections and we can take it back apart and move it.

Lower hull section, built indoors and shipped to location.
Lower hull section, built indoors and shipped to location.
Ship has no bottom and can be lifted off supports by a crane.
Ship has no bottom and can be lifted off supports by a crane.

SWAG

We want to thank you for being a heart-of-oak ship mate with some great rewards. Here is the Mermaid tiara at the $200 Mermaid's Treasure level. 

Mermaid Treasure Level
Mermaid Treasure Level

Risks and challenges

Good news is that the Paper Discovery Center has a board of directors with many different backgrounds, including real estate law, construction and heavy equipment, graphic design, letterpress art, non-profit management, fundraising, and business management. The Paper Discovery Center staff is represented by a great team of individuals with a huge amount of hands-on experience in education, science, history, art and non-profit management. We still have challenges to face. Besides raising the necessary funds we have to deconstruct the ship, move it to Appleton and reassemble it on our site. Things can happen, like the weather, or hidden defects in the ship structure or in getting the necessary permits from the city. Like any other construction projects their can be hangs up along the way. We will face these challenges as they come up- like everyone else has to. The pirate ship has been a hit at the renaissance faire and we are sure that it will be even greater at in Appleton.

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    Name the ship vote. Mermaid

    Help us name the ship by popular vote. How does Mermaid sound to you? For $1 you cast your vote for Mermaid as the pirate ship's name. Check back to see how your choice is doing. Yup, here on the pirate ship we sell votes!

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    Name the ship vote. Dreadnought

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    Name the ship vote. Avenger

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    Name the ship vote. Revenge

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    Pirate Good Karma

    Thank you and blessing of positive pirate karma to you. Fair winds and safe sailing to you.

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    Powder Monkey

    Running powder to the cannons is tough work and you are rewarded with:
    *One exclusive pirate ship bumper sticker-7.5"x 3.75" To be mailed to you.
    *Exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from our team about the ship.

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    Scurvy Dog

    You scurvy dog- you get:
    *One exclusive pirate ship bumper sticker-7.5"x 3.75" To be mailed to you.
    *Exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from our team about the ship.
    *One LIMITED EDITION letterpress 5" x 8" pirate print, printed by hand on our vintage 1888 letterpress from a hand cut linoleum plate. To be mailed to you.

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    Davy Jones Swag

    Davy Jones opens his locker and you will be getting:
    *One exclusive pirate ship bumper sticker-7.5"x 3.75" To be mailed to you.
    *Exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from our team about the ship.
    *TWO LIMITED EDITION letterpress 5"x 8" pirate prints, printed by hand on our vintage 1888 letterpress from a hand cut linoleum plate. To be mailed to you.
    *AND your name listed on the ship's web page as a Davy Jones level sponsor.

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    Driftwood On The Tide

    Your keys to your chests full of plunder will never look so good while on this hand-crafted driftwood key chain. Unique, one-of-a-kind. Made by real Wisconsin pirates and mailed to you.
    *One exclusive pirate ship bumper sticker-7.5"x 3.75" To be mailed to you.
    *Exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from our team about the ship.
    *Your name under the driftwood level on our web site.

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    Captain's Plunder

    Plunder away! Your reward includes:
    *One exclusive pirate ship bumper sticker-7.5"x 3.75" To be mailed to you.
    *Exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from our team about the ship.
    *A special invitation to an exclusive preview event for the ship.
    *TWO LIMITED EDITION letterpress 5"x 8" pirate prints, printed by hand on our vintage 1888 letterpress from a hand cut linoleum plate. To be mailed to you.
    *Your name listed at the Captain's level on our ship's web page.

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    Swashbuckler

    As a swashbuckler you will be rewarded with:
    *One exclusive pirate ship bumper sticker-7.5"x 3.75" To be mailed to you.
    *Exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from our team about the ship.
    *TWO LIMITED EDITION pirate prints- 5" x 8", printed here at the Paper Discovery Center on our vintage 1888 printing press from a handmade cut linoleum plate. Mailed to you. * Your name listed under the Swashbuckler heading, on our website page
    *AND named on the donor's sign by the pirate ship.
    *Plus special invitation to an exclusive preview event for the ship, good for TWO people.

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    Mermaid's Treasure

    Love mermaids? We do too and we want to reward your love with:
    *One EXCLUSIVE, hand crafted mermaid tiara. To be mailed to you
    *TWO pirate prints, 5" x 8", printed on our vintage 1888 letterpress here at the Paper Discovery Center.
    *You will also be listed on our ship's web page as a Mermaid level sponsor
    *Your name on the outdoor ship sponsor sign.
    *AND a special invitation preview of the ship event for TWO people.

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