Golden Rule, Eureka 2015 July 24. Photo: Nate Lomba
The Golden Rule is the first environmental action and peace vessel to put to sea. She is the direct precursor of all the peace and justice vessels that followed in her wake. She sails to promote a nuclear-free world and a sustainable environment.
In 1958, the Golden Rule, a 30-foot ketch and its crew Capt. Albert S. Bigelow, William Huntington, Orion Sherwood and George Willoughby ignited the international movement to stop the atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons; they attempted to sail into a nuclear-bomb test zone in the Marshall Islands. She was boarded by the US Coast Guard off Hawaii and her crew arrested. In Honolulu the crew was jailed, tried, and convicted.
The Golden Rule now sails again to promote a nuclear free world. Veterans For Peace restored this historic sailing ketch and is undertaking a ten-year peacemaking voyage around North America, illuminating a key chapter in American history and challenging military solutions to the world’s problems. She is once again sailing in the cause of world peace. Continue reading