The Golden Rule

Help finish the restoration of the original peace boat, the Golden Rule, now being worked on by Veterans For Peace in Eureka, California
arnold oliver
Eureka, California
United States
1 Team Member

Help the Golden Rule sail for peace once more!

Veterans For Peace needs your help to restore the Golden Rule, the world's first anti-nuclear peace boat. In 1958, her brave crew of Quakers and pacifists risked their lives and freedom to nonviolently confront nuclear testing on the high seas. With your help, we'll be able to honor their legacy and continue their mission.

The Story

Horrified by the ongoing, open-air nuclear bomb tests and the threat of nuclear war, the four-man crew sailed the Golden Rule from California toward the Marshall Islands. Their intention, publicized around the world, was to nonviolently place their bodies in the way of planned nuclear bomb blasts. As they sailed from Honolulu harbor for the testing area, the voyagers were stopped and arrested by the U.S. Coast Guard. Guided by their conscience, the crew attempted to sail again, were arrested once more and detained in the Honolulu city jail until the conclusion of the test cycle. 

The Legacy

The publicity surrounding their trial and imprisonment helped ignite public outrage against nuclear weapons testing and alerted the world to the health hazards of nuclear fallout. Five years and many protests later, the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963 was enacted, banning above-ground nuclear testing by the two Superpowers. 

The courageous voyage of the Golden Rule and her crew inspired a similar anti-nuclear voyage in 1971 by the group that would eventually become Greenpeace. 

After the Golden Rule's crew was released from jail in 1958, the boat was sold. Many owners and half a century later, it ended up in northern California's Humboldt Bay, neglected and damaged, finally sinking in a storm.  

The Golden Rule can continue to be an inspiration for the protection of the environment and active peacemaking.  But first, we've got to get her back in the water.

The Golden Rule Project

When the Vets For Peace learned that this irreplaceable icon of history had literally washed up on their doorstep, they formed the Golden Rule Project and set about the restoration of both the boat and her mission.

With the gracious help of many talented volunteers and generous donations from around the world, the restoration is 70% complete. But, to get the Golden Rule back on the water now requires some large capital expenses like sails, electronic navigation equipment and specialized labor. 

Join The Crew

Our $50,000 goal will cover these costs, allowing us to “splash” in 2014.

The sooner we raise this money, the sooner the Golden Rule will be able to set sail on her new mission as a living museum and floating classroom, educating future generations on the importance of the ocean environment, the risks of nuclear technology and the need for world peace.  

By donating to this project, you become a part of the Golden Rule's extended crew, helping to unfurl the sails of peace everywhere.  Please step up, step aboard and help us launch the dream.

The Perks

Besides knowing that you're an integral part of this important piece of peace history, your monetary contribution will get you all sorts of cool tokens of appreciation. Join us for sea trials aboard the reborn Golden Rule as we remake history. Become an official Plank Owner. Have your name engraved on a permanent brass plaque aboard the boat. Score some fantastic bling. And lots more. Check the giving levels and pick your favorite. Every bit helps and no contribution is too small.

Can't contribute cash?  There are lots of other ways to participate! 

* Share our campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and your blog or on email to your friends.

* Do you know someone who writes about peace, anti-nuclear protests, history, Quakers, the Pacific Ocean, wooden boats, sailboat restoration or sailing? Encourage them to contact us for a story.

* Hold a pledge party, where a computer is available for people to create accounts and pledge on the spot.

* Pledge in someone's honor as a gift to them.

* Do you know any celebrities who might support the Golden Rule's mission? Encourage them to lend their name and support to our fundraiser.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! Even if you can't contribute now, the Golden Rule is always available for personal tours if you're in the Eureka, CA area. Contact us through our website, and we'll show you around. But, fair warning: once people see the boat, they become easily seduced by the beauty of the vessel and the dedication of the fun-loving characters who make up the project. Many soon find themselves sanding, painting, sweeping up or fundraising with us. 

Who We Are  

Although the Golden Rule Project receives support from a diverse collection of people and groups, Veterans For Peace is our sponsoring organization.  We share common values and goals, and most Golden Rule Committee members belong to Veterans For Peace.  

We are committed to ending arms races and abolishing nuclear weapons, illuminating the true costs of war, and finally abolishing war as an instrument of national policy.  

The Golden Rule Project and Veterans For Peace are equally concerned about the state of the environment, and the impact upon it of military activities. In fact, we see peacemaking and the environment as being inextricably intertwined. After all, the U.S. Department of Defense is the world's number one polluter.  

We are likewise fully committed to the use of nonviolent means. The Quaker-inspired original crew of the Golden Rule pioneered the use of nonviolent direct action, and the restored boat will proudly carry that message.  

The Golden Rule Project is also supported by a number of Quakers, as was the original voyage, along with many other people of faith.  A number of Humboldt County businesses have been most generous with their support.  Lots of peace people and historic wooden boat lovers are behind us as well. 

We are particularly gratified that Greenpeace, USA is on board.  It makes sense - we share common values, and after all, the Golden Rule is the Rainbow Warrior's granny!  

Much more information is available at our website,

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Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Our Undying Gratitude

    fulsome praise, and your name on our website's roster of supporters, as well as an email thank-you note.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $15USD
    Bumper Sticker

    An easy peel-off Golden Rule bumper sticker featuring a profile of the boat.

    4 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $20USD
    High Quality Postcard

    A 5X7 B&W postcard of the (1958) Golden Rule and her original crew. Suitable for framing or stuck to your fridge.

    4 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    Lapel Pin

    A seriously sexy Golden Rule lapel pin - in gold, black & white colors. Wear it on your hat too!

    6 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $50USD
    Historic harbor cruise & tour

    Humboldt Bay tour aboard the venerable Madaket (for two) and a private tour of the Golden Rule rebuild.

    6 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $100USD
    Plank Owner's Certificate

    Official Golden Rule plank owner's certificate with your name on it - totally fit for framing

    4 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $150USD
    Plank certificate, AND

    lapel pin, postcard and bumper sticker

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Sail the restored Golden Rule

    Be among the very first to sail on the reborn Golden Rule during our initial sea trials on Humboldt Bay.

    0 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Your name on a plaque

    Sponsor a major component and get your name engraved on a permanent plaque on the boat. These include bow pulpit ($ 1,000); sails ($ 4,800); electrical system ($ 3,500); propeller and shaft ($ 4,300); standing and running rigging ($ 3,800); bronze ports ($ 2,400); life lines & safety gear ($ 5,500); navigational equipment ($ 2,300); spars (two wooden masts, two booms, gaff - $ 6,500); cabin interior ($ 2,000); relaunch ($ 1,000), and more.

    0 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $1,400USD
    Sail the Sweetwater Seas

    All inclusive, three day crewed sailing charter for two on Western Lake Erie aboard the fast and nimble S2 7.9 "Class Struggle". Learn to sail, hone your skills, and relax as you cruise. Redeem any time in 2014 sailing season. Call or email for details (see our website for contact info).

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014

    Hand Built Skiff

    Classic Trinidad (CA) Rowing Skiff, brand new, beautifully painted, 7 1/2 feet long. Shipping not included.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $3,000USD
    Hand Built Skiff - Rare Wood

    Classic Trinidad (CA) Rowing Skiff, a varnished rare wood work of art, 7 1/2 feet. Put it in the water or use it for the best ever coffee table. Shipping not included.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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