SV Selah


The word “Selah” (in Hebrew סֶלָה) is a musical term that refers to silence, a pause or an interlude.  The term is found 47 times in the book of Psalms indicating poetic or musical places of pause and rest.  We believe there is no better place than a sailboat to be silent, to take a break and to experience an interlude with God.

The sailing vessel (SV) Selah was originally named “Praise The Lord.” She is a 47 foot, 30 ton, ketch-rigged, motor-sailor. Selah is a John Alden design that was built by Wellington Boat Builders in 1976 for Dave and Ruth Mitchell of Chattanooga, TN. From her christening, Selah has always been a mission-focused vessel. Her first assignment was to the Inuit people on the coast of Alaska and later in the Caribbean islands. In 1991, she was donated to Maritime Ministries to be used for the Lord’s work in the same spirit of her original owners.

Since 1991, Selah has logged well over 20,000 miles throughout the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays and has traveled the waterways from Richmond, VA to Long Island, Bahamas. She spent several years as a missions base and crew home while establishing Maritime Ministries, Bahamas. Her current home port is on the river-front docks of Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, NC. Selah is currently used for retreats, team-building sails, and regional port ministry.

1974 Wellington Ketch

Cutter-Ketch Rig

LOA (length overall) 47′

Beam (width) 13′

Air height (mast) 57′

Draft (keel depth) 4′ 10″

75 HP Beta Marine

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