Tall Ships-a photo essay

When I found out that the Tall Ships would be a mere two hours away Fourth of July weekend in nearby Cleveland, I thought it would be the perfect excuse for a road trip. For anyone not familiar, the Tall Ships are large, traditionally-rigged sailing vessels (I’m not too versed on the nautical world so I encourage you to consult an oh-so “reliable” source like Wikipedia for more information.)

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. 

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  • Reply
    Jo Ann M.
    July 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    So glad you were able to visit during the Tall Ships festival! I love the photos! They really tell a story in themselves. Difficult to believe that battles were fought on these types of ships!

    Did they say how many people ships like these could hold?

    Sorry I won’t get a chance to see them. πŸ™

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    the red headed traveler
    July 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Yes, these were the ships of everything at one time, not the modern day Titanics we think of today. Seeing and being on the ships, I can also see and understand how easy it was for some of them to sink or be captured.

    It seemed to vary considerably from ship to ship in terms of occupancy. I know the one we were on held about a dozen or so crew and could do somewhere between 5 and 10 passengers. A lot of the ships did offer short term sailing trips!

    Well, they’re coming to Erie in September around Labor Day so plan a trip πŸ™‚

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    Jo Ann M.
    July 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Scary to think that the people on this ships were on their own. No coast guard no communication! People had to be brave to travel on them.

    Thanks for the info. I will try to see them on Labor Day. πŸ™‚

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    the red headed traveler
    July 7, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Yes, definitely a bravery that I think many people in the modern day world do not have (and probably never will).

    Seeing the ships especially the Pride of Baltimore II makes me want to study the War of 1812 in greater depth. I just finished “Washington Burning” and learned a lot more than I ever knew but know there’s still that much more to be discovered!

    I hope you get to see them!

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