War of 1812 Commemorations, and Tallships Events will coincide with a US Navy Visit. The USS De Wert, a U.S. Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is one of a flotilla of U.S. and Canadian ships that will be touring the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System this summer from July 20 through September 21 in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. In addition to the USS De Wert the ships scheduled to participate in the tour include the coastal patrol boat USS Hurricane, and the Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec.
The Tour kicks off July 20th in Halifax, and then heads to quebec, and around the Great Lakes.
Gazela Philadelphia (USA) former Portuguese banks schoooner Gazela Primero, since renamed Gazela
I Also learned that the 1984 Tall Ship Event was Mared With Tradgedy. Wikipedia Tells us about the loss of the Marques.
The Marques won the first tall ships’ race, from Puerto Rico to Bermuda. The ship left Hamilton on the second race, bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 2 June 1984. On the night of 2 June the ship ran into a gale. In the early hours of 3 June she was hit by a sudden squall and a large wave, possible arogue wave, and was knocked down onto her starboard side. Although the ship had been converted to a sail training and charter cruise ship, she had retained the main cargo hatch from her days as a commercial vessel. When she was knocked down the main hatch was breached and water flooded into the interior of the ship. She sank in less than a minute, with the loss of 19 of her 28 crew members.
Over the coming weeks I’ll be posting a Selection of photos from the very First Tall Ships NS – Circa 1984. First up, We have A visitor from earlier this year –Venezuelan Navy tall ship Simon Bolivar
Next We have a familiar face, The Bluenose II
The Soviet Navy Sail Training Vessel Kruzenshtern, A Difficult get I would imagine in 1984. If the Tug looks familiar, its the Florence M, during her time as Point Vibert with Eastern Canada Towing and Salvage (EC Tug).
Finally we have this unknown American Schooner, I belive to be the Harvey Gamage passing the EC Tug Wharf.
The French Navy sail training vessels Etoile (A649) and Belle Poule (A650) arrived in Halifax this morning and tied up at Tall Ships Quay. They most recently took part in OP Sail events in the US, However are booked for an event in France the week Tall Ships is in Halifax.
Both the Étoile and the Belle Poule joined the Free French Forces during the Second World War, a deed for which they are still honoured by flying the French flag with the cross of Lorraine. They were both Launched on 8 February 1932.
While the Picton Castle is off sailing the Atlantic, you can always check the progress on Captain Moreland’s other venture, the Twin Schooners Project at the Dory Shop. the plan is to build 2 nearly identical Schooners at the same time – so far so good.
You can also check on the progress on the Bluenose. They are currently making preperations for her re-launch, which will require the dismantling of the building she’s in so they can move her sideways to the launching ways. The Lunch is Scheduled for July, and then she will be rigged. Her crew returns June 1.
Tall Ships NS has confirmed some Addtional Attendies. They are: Amistad – A Replica of a slave ship that was aken over by the slaves;Harvey Gamage; Gazela – a Portugase Grand Banks Schooner from 1901; Peacemaker. Also on the list is the Bluenose II. his is interesting, as she is only scheduled to be launched from refit in July.