The Crew of Schooner Zodiac
The overriding mission of those involved with the Zodiac is to keep the nautical tradition and skills of our maritime history alive and to educate, inform and involve passengers in the lore of tall ship sailing.
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Captain - Tim Mehrer
Captain Mehrer has been involved in the maritime industry and especially with tall ship schooners since he was a youngster. Growing up on the schooner Adventuress, Tim spent years sailing in the Pacific Northwest alongside his father, Captain Karl Mehrer. Tim spent a number of years as an officer on the Sea Cloud before returning to Puget Sound to restore the schooner Zodiac. Upon Karl's retirement a decade ago, Tim now skippers the Zodiac full time.
Volunteer Crew Coordinator - Richard DePartee
When not attending corporate meetings, Vessel Zodiac president Richard DePartee is the full-time Volunteer Crew Coordinator. Richard facilitates the winter-time restoration and re-fit work onboard the Schooner Zodiac. He lends a hand in overseeing our internship recruitment and program. When Richard finds the time to join us on cruises, he can often be found on the foredeck with his fiddle, practicing sea chantey music.
Education Director - Dave Hageman
Dave Hageman was a history teacher at Sehome High School for several decades. Upon his retirement in 2011, he transitioned over to the Zodiac's Program Director for Educational and Youth Charters. Dave brings his love of teaching and exuberance towards the outdoors to his work on the Zodiac. It isn't unusual to hear his boisterous renditions of "Blueberry Hill" and "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'" when sails are raised in the morning.
Ship's Official Cat- Abby
Every tall ship needs a good mouser. Abby came to us in 2010 as a two-month old kitten. She has adapted to life onboard a schooner with great aplomb and tolerates the comings and goings of the deckhands and passengers in general cat fashion. The only crew member that might just out-rank the Skipper, Abby has no issue with letting her opinions be known around the ship. Given the right mood and proper treats, she has even been known to lend a paw with line-handling. We have no real proof that she is indeed a mouser, but then again--there are no mice on the Zodiac!