I’ve finally reached 300 posts since starting out on October 30th of 2011! Here’s what I was doing 100 posts ago. Yesterday I posted the first part of my tall ship adventure in Windsor, highlighting the Norwegian Sørlandet. Now I’ll cover the other two that were in port.
My apologies for the darkness… the sky was getting darker as the afternoon wore on. This vessel is Wisconsin’s flagship, the Denis Sullivan of Milwaukee.
The Sullivan was completed in 2000, and serves as a floating ambassador for the Great Lakes and for Wisconsin.
Of course, I took a look around her and was impressed with what I saw.
She may be smaller and much younger than the Sørlandet, but she’s still an impressive vessel.
Mighty Sørlandet herself sits just ahead. Thanks to tugster for uncovering this excellent video of her 80 years ago on her last visit to the Great Lakes. It feels odd knowing that I’ve now walked those same decks…
I really had to take it in since this is not something I do every day…
Like the Sørlandet, I had to stay topside on the Denis Sullivan… but there’s a room in case you were curious.
Seen off the stern is the third tall ship, Pride of Baltimore II.
Don’t worry, I didn’t touch the sail!
Here’s one more shot from aboard the Denis Sullivan before I step back onto dry land.
Two tall ships down, one to go.
Pride of Baltimore II is actually one of the tall ships I saw underway in the Welland Canal back in July.
She is the flagship of the state of Maryland, serving the same purpose that the Denis Sullivan does for Wisconsin.
I also saw her in Port Huron back in 2008 – she gets around, and visits the Great Lakes on an almost yearly basis.
She was built in 1988 as a replacement for the Pride of Baltimore, which sank in 1986 and took four crewmembers with her.
So, after two previous sightings of the Pride of Baltimore II, it’s time for me to step aboard.
Like I said, the sky continued to get darker and darker.
Denis Sullivan sits ahead. I believe that the Sullivan was vertically the shortest of the three.
More rigging on the Pride of Baltimore II…
She flies a large American flag with less than 50 stars, although I didn’t get the chance to count them for myself.
This lifeboat intrigued me, and apparently it intrigued somebody else too.
Well my onboard tour is almost over.
So here’s a shot of her engine…
And then one taken from her stern. Now, to disembark the vessel.
So with these stern shots of the Pride of Baltimore II, I bid farewell to the tall ships. As I write this they have already departed for Erie, Pennsylvania.
It was also nice to make into Canada once more before the end of summer… as today is my last day of vacation.
And lastly, It was nice to get to 300 posts! Onward to 400, and then 500!
Of note: with my summer vacation ending, I will be in a time crunch this fall and it will probably be difficult for me to get to the river on a weekly basis. I’ll do what I can but things might become pretty slow around here…. but stay tuned anyway, if I’m lucky I’ll have something next weekend!
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