Keel Laying Ceremony

Yamoya’s keel was officially laid into place on Saturday, December 4, 2004.

Glenn explains the keel laying ceremony while everyone eagerly awaits the action of the actual keel being layed into place. A keel laying ceremony is a simple ceremony which signifies the start of a vessel’s construction and is the first milestone in the vessel’s history. These days most private vessel’s are production manufactured and it is unrealistic to perform such a ceremony. In our case, because we’re controlling the manufacturing process, we decided that some fun was in order and we would celebrate the laying of Yamoya’s keel.

A lot of people had shown an interest in what we were intending to do, so this was a perfect opportunity to invite everyone to have a look. A good excuse for a party.

Yamoya’s keel is officially laid into place. As the keel is made from many pieces, we chose to lay just the bottom keel plate into it’s correct position. In fact, we later removed the plate because it would be in the way during initial construction.

Milijana kindly volunteerd to read the invocation (blessing), so that Yamoya will be “in-favour” with the gods when she is finally launched.

Here is the invocation that Milijana read:

In the name of all who may sail aboard this ship in the future,

we invoke the ancient gods of the wind and the sea

to favour us with their blessing today.

Mighty Neptune,

king of all that moves in or on the waves;

and mighty Aeolus (pronounced EE-oh-lus),

guardian of the winds and all that blows before them:

We present to you the future sailing ship Yamoya.

We offer you our thanks for the protection you have afforded vessels in the past.

We voice our gratitude for those that have found shelter from tempest and storm,

and enjoyed safe passage to port.

Further we ask that when Yamoya is presented for your future blessing

she shall be accorded the same privileges.

In return for which,

we dedicate the building of this vessel

with the full knowledge that she will be entering your domain

and that she shall be subject to the immutable laws of

the gods of wind and sea.

In consequence whereof, and in good faith,

we seal this pact with a libation offered according to the hallowed ritual of the sea.

Loosely based on John Vigor’s Interdenominational Boat Denaming Ceremony.

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