Plank Owners


Thank You
Plank Owners!


Become a plank owner of Lake Superior's new Tall Ship

We are seeking "Plank Owners" to help us purchase the Mystic Whaler, Recommission her as the Algonquin, bring her to Lake Superior and fund scholarships to take kids sailing. 

A Plank Owner is a member of a ship's company at the time that the ship is commissioned or recommissioned, and therefore has bragging rights to the "ownership" of one of the planks in the main deck.  Historically, a Plank Owner could petition for a piece of the deck when the ship is decommissioned.  

In lieu of an actual 'plank' from the deck of the ship (these being pretty hard to come by in this day and age) Plank Owner are presented with a certificate commemorating their unique status of being one of the original crew.

In addition to bragging rights and a certificate, Algonquin Plank Owners will receive appreciation gifts, invitations to exclusive events, special recognition and sailing opportunities that vary depending on the level of giving.  Appreciation gifts will be distributed when the Algonquin starts her journey to her new home on Lake Superior.

Pledges may be paid in full or through monthly installments.  Please contact Gordon Ringberg with any questions.



We are truly grateful for all our Plank Owners. 

Admiral Level

  • Lukis Foundation: Challenge Gift!

Second Mate Level

  • In memory of Robert & Evelyn Trapp

Third Mate Level

  • In honor of Bernhard “Ted” Ringberg

  • Michael & Donna Anderson

Boatswain Level

  • In memory of Justine Ringberg

  • Aaron Fund for Special Needs Children of the Minneapolis Foundation

  • Markel Marine, Pewaukee Underwritng Team

  • In honor of Kathleen Kolias

  • In memory of Al Matthews and Stephen T. Matthews, seaman

  • Thomas Trant & Louise Trant Dobbe

  • In memory of Herman and Lillian Selz

Able Seaman Level

  • Gordon & Mary Brigh Ringberg

Ordinary Seaman Level

  • Dean Rau & Sarah Lund

Steward Level

  • Szczecinski, Stephen

Every effort is made to ensure that this list is accurate and up-to-date. 
That said, we have been known to make an error from time to time. 
We apologize in advance for any mistakes and urge you to contact us to let us know.