The Tall Ships will be in Halifax July 29-Aug 1st this year. A partial list of Vessels Attending the Tall ships event in Halifax is Below. These vessels will depart Halifax for Lahave France. Additional vessels will take part in an outport program throughout August. Of Note – The Esquimalt based RCN Sail Training Vessel HMCS Oriole is due to participate. Notably absent is the Draken Harald Hårfagre, the Viking longboat currently wintering in Mystic Seaport, though she may participate in the other program.
Alexander von Humboldt II
Mist of Avalon
Peter von Danzig
Spirit of South Carolina
St Lawrence II
The Picton Castle is back in its home port of Lunenburg. Sometime during her last trip she was painted black. I don’t know why, but i feel she was better looking in white. (photo below from last summer)
The Arc Gloria, Barque of the Colombian Navy arrived for a visit this week. Built to a Blohm &Voss Design, she is a modern version of the Gorch Fock. The original Gorch Fock was built in 1933, and was taken as war reparations from Germany. Her sisters include NRP Sagres, USCG Eagle, and Mircea. The German Navy built a new Gorch Fock in 1958. the 1933 ship is now a museum in Germany.
Arc Gloria is the Oldest of the Modern Set of 4, Having been built in 1968 at the Astilleros Celaya S.A. shipyard in Bilbao. Her contemporaries Include Cuauhtémoc (1982 Mexico) Who was here earlier this year, Guayas (1977 Ecuador) and Simon Bolivar (1980 Venezuela)
The Norwegian Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre recently ran into trouble where they were informed they require a pilot to traverse the great lakes to Participate in Tall Ships events. Pilots bill at $400, and they estimate the cost to be over 400,000$ to complete the planned trip. As a result they were debating getting out of the lakes entirely.
there was some confusion as to why this became an issue now – After they traveled the seaway and toured lake Ontario; as well the Great lakes Pilotage Association said vessels under 35m are exempt.
The Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA) is a Canadian Federal Crown Corporation responsible for administering the Pilotage Act in the Great Lakes region, In Canada (the Great Lakes Region), foreign flag ships such as the visiting Norwegian ship, are subject to pilotage only when they exceed 35 meters in length. In this case, the vessel’s length is less than 35 meters, and therefore is not subject to pilotage in Canadian waters.
The USCG is responsible for Pilotage in the Lakes through its Great Lakes Pilotage Division (CG-WWM-2) Unit. US law applies to American waters, and while American and Canadian pilots can work in either countries waters, Canadian Pilotage exemptions do not apply to US Waters.
So in Short – the Draken Harald Hårfagre is fine in Canada, but screwed in the US.
The Schooner Katie Belle was built by a couple of cousins in Stewiacke. They launched it last year, moved it to Parsboro where they installed masts and rigging, and have sailed it as far south as Charleston South Carolina.
They will be arriving in Halifax This Saturday.
You can find them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CameronShipyardsLtd/
The Premier announced today, that tall ships would be part of the province’s Canada 150 celebration. Nova Scotia has been confirmed as a Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta venue and the start of the final leg of the race.
An outport program is being developed that will see some of the ships visiting several coastal communities in the province. Government will provide $1.5 million over two years to help those communities welcome visitors and tall ships to their ports.
Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is a 7,000-nautical mile transatlantic race, visiting six countries. Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador Bluenose II will also take part in the tall ships visit.
Dates for events and specific location of visits by the ships to other Nova Scotia ports will be confirmed over coming months
Cuauhtémoc arrived this morning – Her Crew put on a good show, manning the masts for her arrival at the Cable Wharf.
She will be open for tours 11-4 today, and 10am-8pm Friday, Saturday to Sunday.
Before sailing at 10am on the 16th.
Cuauhtémoc is named after the last Aztec emperor and servea as a training vessel for the Mexican Navy. She is the last of four sister ships built by the Naval Shipyards of Bilbao, Spain, in 1982, based on a design similar to the 1930 designs of the German firm Blohm & Voss so she is a modern version of the USCGC Eagle. Her contemporaries Include Gloria (1968 columbia) Guayas (1977 Ecuador) and Simon Bolivar (1980 Venezuela)
2017 is looking to be a banner year for Tallships – The event Next year, in Celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday will feature vessels from Both Sail training international, and Tall Ships America.
Both Fleets will get together in Boston June 17-22 2017. they then disperse to ports across the great lakes and Gulf of St Lawrence, before Rejoining in Quebec City for the Rendez-vous 2017 July 18-23. The ships then Travel to the “Canadian Race Start Port” July 28-31 before sailing for France on the 31st.
Hopefully the Canadian Race Start Port is Halifax. Some St John’s NB MP’s have been tweeting about tall ships, but it appears they may be part of the in between race program.
Word is the Mexican Navy tall ship ARM Cuauhtemoc is due for a port visit in May.
She was her once before in 2008. (Will post photo when i locate it)
She is the last of four sister ships (the other 3 being Colombia’s Gloria, Ecuador’s Guayas and Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar) built by the Naval Shipyards of Bilbao, Spain, in 1982, all built to a design similar to the 1930 designs of the German firm Blohm & Voss, like German navy tall ship Gorch Fock and her sister USCGC Eagle.
UPDATE: I don’t have a Confirmed Schedule, But she is Scheduled to be in New London Ct. May 2-6, making her halifax Arrival likely the second week of May.
Local tour boat Mar II looks to be having some planks replaced below the waterline. She also appears to have received a fresh coat of paint.