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Golden Rule (ship)

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NameGolden Rule
Port of registryUnited States
RouteSan Pedro, CA to Honolulu, HI (1958), Humboldt Bay, CA to San Diego, CA (2014, 2017)
BuilderHugh Angelman, Charles Davies
Launched1958, 2010
Completed1958, 2014
Maiden voyage1958
Out of serviceearly 1970s, 2010-2015
Faterestored/ relaunched
Statuson peace mission for nuclear disarmament
General characteristics
Class and typeAlpha
Length30 ft at waterline
Beam12 ft
Draught5 ft
Sail planfore-and-aft gaff rig ketch
Speed8 kts maximum

Golden Rule is the first boat to engage in environmental direct action in the world.[1] It is currently operated by Veterans for Peace. In September 2022 it launched an 11,000 mile Great Loop voyage to promote nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.[2]


The boat was designed by Hugh Angelman and constructed from 1956 to 1958 in Costa Rica. She was originally constructed with sapele and purpleheart. Restoration has been done using, among other south American tropical woods, Hymenaea courbaril.

In 1958, four men associated with the Quaker religion sailed toward Enewetok atoll in the Marshall Islands aboard Golden Rule with the goal of preventing atmospheric nuclear weapons testing. The US Coast Guard stopped the vessel in Honolulu, arresting her skipper, Albert Bigelow, who once served as lieutenant commander in the United States Navy. Different people owned the vessel throughout the years. She sank twice: once in the early 1970s and again in March, 2010. She has been restored since. In July 2015, she had relaunched from Humboldt Bay, California, her present home dock. She continues to sail on a peace mission to promote non-violence and to spread an anti-nuclear message to the general public. Her stops are accompanied by public events to inform the public. In the summer of 2017, she sails from Eureka, California down the full length of the California coast to San Diego with visits up the Sacramento River to the state capital.[3][4][5]

Veterans for Peace[edit]

The Golden Rule was rebuilt between 2010 and 2015 by a team led by Veterans For Peace. It has since sailed up and down the West Coast of the US, to Hawai’i and back.

Vets for Peace began a project in September 2022 to sail a "Great Loop" from Minnesota down the Mississippi to the Gulf, up the east coast and through the Erie Canal , through the Great Lakes, to end in Chicago in September 2023. .[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About". The Golden Rule Project. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Upcoming Events". vfpgoldenruleproject.org. Retrieved 14 Aug 2023.
  3. ^ "Restored Anti-Nuke Sailboat Launches Again on a Peace Mission". National Geographic news. 19 June 2015. Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  4. ^ Stover, Dawn (25 July 2016). "The peace boat Golden Rule sails into a new era of nuclear activism". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  5. ^ Braxton Little, Jane (8 July 2017). "Golden Rule sails to Old Sacramento to promote nuclear disarmament". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  6. ^ Helen Jaccard (June 2022). "Golden Rule Project: Sailing for Peace in a Time of War". WILPF US. Wikidata Q115119570.

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