Category Archives: tall ships

Cargo Schooner Avontuur

The Schooner Avontuur arrived Tuesday, and works as a cargo ship. Originally from the Netherlands, it was in regular cargo service between 1920 and 2005. After working as a day sailer for a few years, in 2014 it became an ambassador for wind powered global trade. 

the ship had a very nautical entry to port over the noon hour, with the pilots guiding the ship into port via radio from the pilot station, before boarding just inbound of Maugers Beach. The ship tied up at pier 25.

ARM Cuauhtémoc for port visit

tied up at pier 24

The Mexican Navy’s sail training vessel ARM Cuauhtémoc is tied up at Pier 24. the ship is open to the public until Wednesday 11am-8pm

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)

Caledonia on the Move

After languishing for a number of years in Toronto, the Tall Ship Caledonia is on the move again, this time back east. The Ship was converted in 2008 by Canadian Sailing Expeditions as a cruise vessel, but the venture never really got off the ground, and the ship was re-possessed by Caterpillar Financial. the ship was moved to freshwater from Lunenburg in 2012.

It now appears that the ship has been acquired by Boston’s Navy Yard Hospitality, who will moor the ship in the former Boston Navy Yard. the ship will be used as a floating restaurant alongside – with permits in place until October. If successful, the venture may be Renewed.

Originally listed for sale for 12 million, the Caledonia can by yours now for $1.49 million US.

Tall ships this weekend

The Portuguese navy sail training vessel NRP Sagres is Due to arrive in Halifax on Sunday at 10am. Many of her siblings and step-sibblings have stopped in Halifax in the past number of years.

NRP Sagres will be open to the public, June 18th from 10am to noon; tomorrow, June 19 from 10am to noon, 2pm to 7pm and 8pm to 11pm.

The Bluenose also arrived in Halifax today, and will be offering sailings until the 20th.

If you would like to avoid sounding like a landlubber – Brush up on your types of sailing Vessels.

Shipspotting 101: Sailing vessels

Cat Boat

catboats are simple, and feature only a main sail. the Opti or the Laser are common Examples. Not restricted to small dingys, the  Hinterhoeller built Nonsuch is a cat rigged keel boat that was built in lengths of 22-40 feet.

 

Sloop

sloops feature 2 sails – a Main sail behind the mast, and a Jib forward. a Jib will not extend rearward beyond the mast, however a Genoa will. Genoa’s are also known as an overlapping jib, and can be seen on the examples above. this is also a Simple fore and aft rig (with a sail infront, and behind the mast) which will be repeated on larger vessels.

Yawl / Ketch

Dorothea is a ketch. Both vessels add a second “Mizzen” mast behind the main sail, the difference in name comes from whether that mast is located Fore or Aft of the Rudder post. In Dorothea’s case, the rudder is on the Transom, So its a Ketch. The Mizzen mast on a Yawl is typically much smaller then the main, and as far to the rear as possible.

a famous yawl was Joshua Slocum’s vessel Spray

Schooner

Schooners are a complicated sail plan, because there can be so much variation. Bluenose is an example of a Gaff rigged schooner. A schooner is a ship rigged the main sail (largest) on the main mast, and a foresail on the foremast. The Gaff rig refers to the the spar member at the top of the sail, which allows for more sail area as the sail doesn’t need to be triangularly shaped to come to a point at the mast.

3 masted schooners are also common, and simply add an additional sails. (the largest schooner featured 7 masts) topsail schooners feature additional top sails on the masts, as seen on the Pride of Baltimore II.

Finally a Bermuda rig schooner features triangular sails off the fore and main masts, as you would see in a sloop. – Not surprisingly, the Bermuda rig is found on the 3 masted schooner Spirit of Bermuda. This Ship also Shows the relative hights of the Masts – the Main Mast (the center mast, carrying the largest sail) is Tallest, the foremast is next, and the mizzen is shortest. The Spirit of Bermuda’s masts are also Raked – or angled rearward. this was done to improve performance of the ship.

Brigantine

A brigantine is like a schooner, however it features a Gaff rigged main sail on the main mast, and is Square rigged on the foremast. While many historical examples exist, the only current examples I know both belong to Bytown Brigantine, The Black Jack, and Fair Jeanne (pictured)

Brig

A brig features 2 square rigged masts. the Main Mast features a Small Gaff rigged sail as well to improve maneuverability. the US Brig Niagara is a replica of Oliver Hazard Perry’s relief flagship on the great lakes durign the war of 1812.

Barquentine

A Barquentine is a vessel with 3 or more masts – the foremast being Square rigged and the others being gaff rigged. Peacemaker (above) is an example.

Barque

A barque is a vessel with 3 or more masts, the foremast and main mast being square rigged, and the Mizzen mast gaff riged. The Picton Castle is a good example of a barque.

Full Rigged Ship

A full rigged ship features 3 or more masts, all square rigged. The Italian Navy vessel Amerigo Vespucci is a full rigged ship, though I don’t have a photo of her with her sails up.

 

Finally, In Summary:

https://youtu.be/YHNLQJ4gaVs

Parade of sail undocking times

Note these are estimates and may change

Bluenose II 10:15 am

Tree of Life 9:35 am

Katie Belle 9:40 am

Larinda 9:45 am

USCGC Eagle 10:30 am

Vahine 10:30 am

Spaniel 10:30 am

Atyla 10:30 am

Oosterschelde 10:20 am

St. Lawrence II 10:25 am

Regina Germania 10:30 am

Peter von Danzig 10:40 am

Spirit of South Carolina 10:45 am

Alexander von Humboldt II 10:50 am

El Galeon 11:00 am

Rona II 11:00 am

Jolie Brise 11:05 am

Impossible Dream 11:10 am

Geronimo 11:15 am

Silva 11:00 am

Spirit of Bermuda 11:20 am

Mist of Avalon 11:25 am

Wylde Swan 11:30 am

Blue Clipper 11:35 am

Theodore Too

Gulden Leeuw 11:40 am

HMCS Oriole 11:30 am

RDV2017 – the Dartmouth Side.

(above)Tree of Life (below) Larinda (who was sunk by HMCS Sackville in Hurricane Juan)

(above) Katie Belle (below) HMCS Moncton MM-708



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