Peacemaker Off Of Nonamessett Island

The Peacemaker anchored off of Nonamesset Island

The tall ship Peacemaker visited Woods Hole briefly on Sunday, July 18, as the crew re-supplied the boat, Falmouth Harbormaster Gregg T. Fraser said.

The triple-masted, 150-foot-long vessel is owned by the Twelve Tribes religious movement based in Georgia.

Unlike similar tall ships that are used for educational purposes, Tribe members take the Peacemaker to ports on the East Coast, inviting people to come on board and explore.

The Twelve Tribes’ beliefs resemble those of Christian fundamentalism. Members typically do not vote, own televisions, drink alcohol or send their children to public schools. Founded in the 1970s, the Twelve Tribes now has somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 members worldwide who gave up their personal belongings when they joined and pool their earnings.

The controversial community has been under investigation by the FBI and other agencies for suspected child abuse over the years.

A 2018 report on the group from the Southern Poverty Law Center categorized the Twelve Tribes as a Christian fundamentalist cult that teaches followers that slavery was a “marvelous opportunity” for Black people.

Mr. Fraser said the crew of the Peacemaker contacted the Town of Falmouth and asked to use the town dock in Woods Hole while they provisioned the boat. They arrived late morning and were gone four hours later. As of Monday, the ship was anchored off Nonamesset Island.

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