While the Tall Ships sail throughout the year with numerous festivals going on, what D and I saw was the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes. This particular festival is commemorating the military events of the War of 1812 (you know the war where the United States had to show Great Britain a second time who was boss) across the Great Lakes for both the United States and Canada. The ships which comprise more than 25 will dock in 22 ports and even feature a reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie for the bicentennial on September 2. For more information on the festival and to see if the ships are coming near you (or in my case, you want to plan a trip yourself), click here.
Yes, it was crowded and HOT even though the skies were overcast for most of our visit. However, to have the chance to see how ships once were, to understand how the nautical world at one time was once king in every facet of life is something you should definitely take advantage of if possible.
Class Afloat-Sorlandet (this is the oldest full-rigged tall ship in the world still in operation)
The American Flag (circa turn of the 19th century) on the Pride of Baltimore II.
This ship is built to the lines of an 1812-era Baltimore clipper.
The Unicorn-this ship was built from German U-Boat metals.
She's also the only all-female crewed tall ship in the world.