Captain's Log – Waiting out a nor'easter in New Bedford

Date: Friday, September 30, 2016

Position: New Bedford, Massachusetts

The fishing port of New Bedford, Massachusetts is sheltering Pride of Baltimore II from the current nor’easter – the same one that had her rolling around and along in the Gulf of Maine. There is time available ahead of the October 6th arrival date to let this nor’easter dissipate before making the last open ocean leg between Southern New England and the entrance to the Delaware Bay. To suggest that the ship’s company is comfortable with this decision would be an understatement.

The Tortoise and the Hare: a fable telling of a competition between a  slow tortoise and a quick hare and the many meanings to be taken from the slow tortoise winning. Not to overly borrow from any potentially deep meaning of this tale, moving Pride of Baltimore II from the constrained navigation of the Thousand Island area of the Upper St. Lawrence River to the estuarial area of her homeport of Baltimore is not simply a matter of setting sail or setting the speed of her auxiliary engines and steering through adequate depth waters. What starts out as moving northeastward, a direction away from her destination, slowly turns rightward toward the westward and throughout this slow turn covers a series of open and coastal water spaces that can present rough sea conditions if the wind is from certain directions and is of enough strength. The prudent mariner of small auxiliary sail vessels has long found there are times to be the tortoise and times to be the hare if one is to have the most rewarding transit possible when it comes to making what is more often described as a “coastal” transit when dealing with negotiating a voyage with land nearby.

Pride‘s transit thus far from The Thousand Islands area has been mostly doggedly underway. The dogged-days were a mixture of motoring and sailing dead-down-wind in narrow rivers followed by sailing more broadly in more open water areas. Some of the sailing has been pretty robust. It was thus when Pride sailed pretty hard along the coast of Nova Scotia under a single-reefed mainsail, no square-topsail, but with foresail, fore-staysail & jib, all sheeted in pretty close and creating mostly steady heel angles of 10-15 degrees from a fresh 20 knot northwest wind. That was a brute force “schooner” sail toward the west and also the first real leg in this voyage aimed more or less directly for home. There were times the wind had a fetch of 20 miles from land that created a sea swell size of between 4 and 5 feet. Such a sea size and Pride’s powerful sail plan providing 7 & 9 knots of speed set up for some shuddering crashes. But a fairly quick job was made of getting between Cape Canso and Cape Sable, which was a good thing as there was nothing to be gained by continuing on across the Gulf of Maine with a stiff nor’wester. So a very relieving 24 hours was spent anchored in Round Bay near Roseway, Nova Scotia. Rest and cleaning was accomplished while waiting for an opening to cross the Gulf of Maine.

That opening was very narrow and complicated to figure out. In the end it started out as a motor ride in smooth sea right around Cape Sable Island Light, across the banks of Cape Sable and northwestward toward the center of the Gulf while the short term calm after the nor’wester built up to a fresh southwest wind, then shifted to a stronger southerly for a short while. As forecasted, this fairly quickly died out altogether and Pride could be directly steered for Cape Cod Bay while waiting the beginnings of this forecasted nor’easter. When it built up, Pride rolled her way downwind to Cape Cod Bay and eventually through the Cape Cod Canal into the relatively protected waters of Buzzard’s Bay, thence to New Bedford.

While the crew do some resting, maintenance, and another deep cleaning of down below we await this nor’easter to blow out before making the next move. There are 250 odd open Western Atlantic Ocean miles to cross to Delaware Bay. This current nor’easter is kicking up even bigger seas south of Cape Cod than was experienced in the Gulf of Maine. So we wait for that to moderate. There is time to wait being that we have had usable weather for keeping almost constantly moving since departing the Thousand Islands area.

I have decided not to pass through New York Harbor. Rather instead go directly from Buzzard’s Bay to Delaware Bay. This decision has to do with the forecast. The current nor’easter is set to blow out at the end of this weekend. So we can depart then and likely find a less than 3 foot sea “out there.” Motoring along at steady speed of 6-7 knots ought to bring Pride to the Delaware Bay by late Tuesday. This seems like it could be important. A new nor’easter is set to develop from the Virginia Capes to Cape Cod starting Tuesday evening. Going through New York certainly gets the ship toward the west. Then it is only a matter of getting southward to The Delaware. But a nor’easter sea state makes getting out of New York difficult. There is a significant risk of burying the head-rig in a big sea when using the ebb current to get out against an onshore breeze, but also if there is significant ocean swell included left over from a previous blow. So, I think it is to our benefit to become the hare and await for things to calm down. Then “race” directly toward the Delaware. Pride is refueled. Ship’s Cook Phil has restocked. Ship rig & systems checking is again done. Once the cleaning is done it will be a matter of waiting till it is time to go. During this waiting time a lot of rain is forecast, so regular maintenance won’t be really practical.

But no fear, the crew will not likely become bored. Locals have activities going on that they have extended an invite to ship’s company. A tour and picnic lunch at R&W, a rigging supply company of some three decades has offered tours and lunch. This rigging company has long been a very proactive supplier of traditional sail solutions, in addition to all the other more contemporary solutions to fishing and commercial marine as well non-marine rigging. So it is with great interest to the crew to have the tour. The State Pier we are tied to is having an “Oktoberfest” Saturday. Won’t that be fun for the crew? Across the street from New Bedford State Pier is the world wide renowned New Bedford Whaling Museum. Tickets have been gifted to the crew by R&W. Of course, being so close to town center as State Pier is, there are some other desired distractions.

Yeah. Tortoise and Hare. Well applied can mean a rich experience and still be on schedule, or so I am hoping. Past coastal transits with this strategic approach have been satisfying, actually very rewarding experiences. There have been a few shorter transits where the window of time and the weather period have been so synchronized as there was no way to avoid a very uncomfortable transit. There have also been a few times (fortunately very few) when the deadline was cancelled as there was just no prudent way to get the ship and crew safely to the next port by the scheduled date. I have high hopes that deciding to wait out this nor’easter in New Bedford will not be a risk.

Signed,

Captain Jan C. Miles

After an 8,000-Nautical-Mile Voyage, Pride of Baltimore II Returns Home

 

After an 8,000-Nautical-Mile Voyage, Pride of Baltimore II Returns Home

Festivities Include a Homecoming Arrival and FREE Deck Tours on Thursday in Fells Point

 

BALTIMORE, September 29, 2016 – After four months and more than 8,000 nautical miles at sea, on Thursday, October 6, 2016, Pride of Baltimore II returns home to Baltimore. Pride II participated in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016, participating in eight large tall ship festivals, visiting nine other Great Lakes ports, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors on board, forging new business development for the state of Maryland, and winning three of five races.

 

Thursday, October 6, 2016, Schedule of Events

Pride II will be escorted into Baltimore Harbor by the Baltimore City Fire Department’s fire boat and a Moran tug. Pride II will sail past Fort McHenry at approximately 12:30 p.m., through the Baltimore Inner Harbor around 1:20 p.m., and, with cannons blazing, dock at Broadway Pier in Fells Point close to 2 p.m. Pride II will be open for FREE deck tours at Broadway Pier in Fells Point from 3 to 6:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) will commandeer the ship with epic rock and roll from their world-premiere rock opera BRIDES OF TORTUGA**. BROS is excited to partner with the legendary replica privateer vessel to stage a preview of Baltimore’s newest original rock musical, opening October 28th. Come see Broadway Pier ablaze with the powerful voices of our all-female seafaring crew. Get ready to bang your head alongside the crew of the ship and the most energetic rock n roll community experience in Baltimore.

The timeline is approximate, and as follows:

 

12:30 p.m.       Pride II to pass Fort McHenry

12:55 p.m.       Pride II to pass Fells Point

1:20 p.m.         Pride II to circle through Inner Harbor

1:45 p.m.         Pride II to make “grandstand” arrival into Fells Point

2:10 p.m.         Pride II to dock at Broadway Pier                               

3-6:30 p.m.      Pride II to open for FREE public deck tours

6:00 p.m.         Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) performance on Pride II

6:30-? p.m.      Meet the Crew and BROS at Kooper’s Tavern with Happy Hour specials

 

OPTIMAL VIEWING LOCATIONS FOR MEDIA COVERAGE (times approximate):

Fort McHenry: View of Pride II approaching/passing by with Key Bridge in background. 12:30 p.m.

Under Armour: View of Pride II approaching/passing by with Fells Point in the background. 12:55 p.m.

Fells Point/Broadway Pier: View of Pride II approaching/passing by with Under Armour in the background. 12:55 p.m.

Fells Point/Thames Street Area: View of Pride II passing by with Domino Sugar and Federal Hill in view. 12:55 p.m.

Federal Hill (on actual hill): Full view of Pride II arriving and turning around in the Inner Harbor. 1:10 p.m.

Rusty Skupper: Full view of Pride II arriving and turning around in the Inner Harbor. 1:10 p.m.

Constellation Pier: View of Pride II turning in Inner Harbor with Domino Sugar and Federal Hill in view. 1:15 p.m.

Science Center: View of Pride II arriving in Inner Harbor with Aquarium and World Trade Center in view. 1:10 p.m.

 

Pride of Baltimore II is a reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner privateer. She is Maryland’s working symbol of the great natural resources and spectacular beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region, and a reminder of America’s rich maritime heritage.  Pride of Baltimore II is owned and operated by the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Pride of Baltimore, Inc.  Continuation of her mission is contingent on private funding.

 

Tall Ships Great Lakes 2016 Summary

In June 2016, Pride II departed Baltimore for Toronto, Ontario, to participate in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016, traveling more than 8,000 nautical miles, participating in eight large tall ship festivals, and stopping in another nine Great Lakes ports. All told, Pride II has welcomed over 64,000 fans of the ship and visitors across her deck in twenty-one ports so far this year.

At the tall ship festivals, Pride’s presence in itself promoted Baltimore and Maryland in a positive light, but her crew also highlighted tourism and economic development opportunities in Maryland. Several businesses also used Pride to entertain staff and clients in various ports. Port organizers treated sponsors – such as Dow Corning in Bay City and Shell Canada in Brockville – and VIPs to dockside receptions on board Pride.  The Maryland Port Administration hosted a sailing charter in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Pride participated in five TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® races this summer, one in each of the Great Lakes, racing against other traditional sailing vessels and sail training ships, including the Viking longship Draken Harald Hårfagre and the War of 1812 US Brig Niagara. Pride II did exceptionally well in the races with a record of three first places, one second, and one third. Each of the races had its own unique challenges and conditions and Pride of Baltimore II and her crew performed well.

During her Great Lakes voyage, the support for Pride of Baltimore II was overwhelming. From Cape Vincent, New York, to the banks of the Welland Canal; from Sturgeon Bay to the shores of Superior; thousands of people lined the waterways to welcome her with warm smiles and cameras in hand. Many people tracked the ship online and woke up in the twilight hours hoping to catch a glimpse of the iconic Pride of Baltimore II sailing by. Visitors of all ages in the Great Lakes were appreciative that Pride sailed thousands of miles to visit their small towns and cities.

Pride of Baltimore II promotes tourism and represents the economic interests of Baltimore and Maryland wherever she travels.  Maryland is ranked #1 in the region for job growth, and the U.S. Department of Commerce ranked the greater Baltimore region as #3 for innovation and entrepreneurship. Rick Scott, executive director for Pride of Baltimore, Inc., remarked, “Whenever Pride II voyages to distant ports, it’s a wonderful opportunity to shine a positive light on our home city of Baltimore, birthplace of our national anthem. In addition to promoting tourism for our region, we hope to highlight the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, the vibrancy of the Port of Baltimore, and that Maryland is a great place to do business.”

 

**About Brides of Tortuga

When your life is burned to the ground and you are handed a sword, do you take it? Would you sail towards certain death to pursue what is right?

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society is proud to present our final show of 2016: Brides of Tortuga! This raucous, rebellious rock and roll musical begins in 1661 in Calais, France, and crosses the wild & dangerous open Atlantic Ocean and comes to a bloody close in the Caribbean Sea. The show follows Charlotte, a French freedom fighter who must figure out how to captain an unblooded crew and escape the French Navy who are hot on their tails, and Mary, a humble barmaid who gets swept up in the adventure.

Brides of Tortuga features a large cast, epic sets, intensive fight choreography, a stirring vocal ensemble, and live rock band buttressed by strings, horns and a strong percussion section. The show is a powerful statement about rage, self-determination and kicking ass on a boat.

COME HELL OR HIGH WATER — WE’LL BE THE BRIDES OF NO ONE

Brides of Tortuga is the 8th original production written and produced by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. BROS is excited to premier this show at the insanely tricked out Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, MD. All shows are General Admission seating with the exception of BROS Supporter Seats as described below. Doors for all shows will open approximately 30 minutes prior to showtimes.

Tickets Available at BaltimoreRockOpera.org
October 28, 29, November 4, 5, 11, 12 @ The Chesapeake Arts Center. Free Parking, cocktails and specialty Brides of Tortuga brew from the Brewer’s Art.

Captain's Log – Rolling around and along in the Gulf of Maine

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Position: Rolling around and along in the Gulf of Maine

Pride of Baltimore II  is sailing downwind in a pretty typical nor’easter. It has been slowly building overnight and is now near 25-30 knots. Pride‘s speed this morning is ranging from 7-9 knots pushed along by only the reefed square-topsail and the fore-staysail. Life aboard is one of hanging on between lulls of relative normal orientation during which bodies can relax and movement around the vessel is fairly feasible. Otherwise it is truly “hang on” as the rolling ranges from mostly to one side to equally extreme to both sides. The ship’s cook, Phil, is in good spirits despite a sleepless night of significant noise from the galley gear crashing around, the tomato sauce going upside down in the refrigerator, the forks/knives/spoons tray taking a flyer, and numerous other parlor circus tricks in the midst of getting breakfast out.

This morning Pride is around 60 nautical miles east of Cape Ann, Massachusetts and 50 nautical miles northeast of Provincetown, Massachusetts. She is headed down-wind toward the Cape Cod Canal through which she will enter Buzzards Bay sometime early tomorrow.

This downwind rolling sail ought to smooth out some as Pride enters Cape Cod Bay on the way to the Canal. Phil can always hope. 😎

Signed,

Captain Jan C. Miles

Captain's Log – Sliding Along the North Shore of Gaspe Peninsula

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Position: North shore of Gaspe Peninsula

For anyone that goes to the effort, they can gain a sense of Pride‘s progress via web sites that monitor various transmissions from vessels.

SAILWX is a web site that monitors the weather observations taken by crew of ships that is sent to government weather services like United States Weather Service via a maritime satellite information system called INMARSAT-C. However, this system is less regular in the frequency of positions recorded, partly due to how distracted a vessel’s crew is by shipboard responsibilities. Special software that does the coding requires the data observed to be carefully entered by crew, which can take a bit of time after the actual weather observation is made. The elements recorded are many. The obvious ones are barometer and temperature, along with wind direction and speed. But associated with these three are also indications of trend, meaning coding the direction of change trends over the last 6 hours. When you add water temperature, cloud descriptions, dew point, humidity, sea state (wave size, direction of travel…maybe more than a few different wave directions), and others, the amount of specific data to be entered increases by a multiple of 2-4 – all that takes time. Sometimes the time disappears through sailing needs.

Another means for observing Pride’s location is from her AIS transmissions presented by web sites that gather such information from AIS receiving stations on shore. These transmissions are fully automatic and nearly constant, hence always “out there” for receivers to receive. There are “blank spots” where there are no shore stations. There is a lot to be seen about a ship via AIS sources. Often these web sites provide a number of photos of a ship, its dimensions, and the destination it is headed, plus the actual track over the past several hours.

Pride of Baltimore II passed by the Canadian port town of Matane on the southern shore of the lower St. Lawrence River this morning. We are about 4-5 miles offshore. We have a favorable wind from behind. Air is cool, down to near 50°F by dawn, warming up during the day when standing in direct sunlight to probably just above 60°F. In the shade, with a breeze, it is back to feeling around 50°F. The sea is more or less smooth. The decks are dry. The on-watch crew are taking advantage of the currently dry and relatively smooth conditions to get some cosmetic maintenance done. Port stops for festivals take up all the available day time with visiting public deck tours. Hence a vessel can fall behind on appearance care. And even if that care is not falling behind, there is always need to preserve good cosmetic condition by additional care.

So no, the crew is not standing idly around while Pride glides along in comfortably benign and favorable conditions. Every reasonable opportunity is taken to care for the vessel’s appearance while at sea during a voyage because in-port time usually is taken up by other demanding activities.

Meanwhile, Pride is a machine run by her crew. The bits of this sailing machine we call “Pride” require constant monitoring for safe and dependable function. Thus, in addition to cosmetic care, there is the regular and frequent inspection while underway for the working condition of all the parts of a sailing vessel. In addition to these inspections, all the parts of her onboard “systems” are regularly checked such as auxiliary propulsion power, as well generation of electrical power when auxiliary propulsion power is not being used for water-making, battery charging, refrigeration, and freezing as well other systems like lighting for inter-ship visibility as well life below…just to mention a “few things” to be monitored all the while Pride is underway.

A voyage aboard any vessel involves the crew being very regularly engaged with the constantly changing conditions of the voyage as it impacts the vessel on her way to her obligations at her destination port. Pride is homeward bound all the way to Baltimore from her starting point of her last Great Lakes in-port “tall ship festival” of Brockville, Ontario, Canada. We have until Thursday, October 6th to cover the nearly 1,900 nautical miles between the two ports via a circuitous route around Eastern Canada thence to Mid-Atlantic, USA. The time is enough to mostly sail Pride home rather than merely motor her home on a route that can provide contrary, boisterous, not-really-sail-able weather as well as benign, comfortable, and very-sailable weather.

Right now, life for all of us aboard Pride of Baltimore II is very good indeed!

Signed,
Captain Jan C. Miles

Captain's Log – Anchored in Chippewa Bay…

Date: Thursday September 15, 2016

Position: Anchored in Chippewa Bay on the American side of the St. Lawrence River, State of New York

Chippewa Bay. Mentioned in music and other literature. Located within the area of the upper St. Lawrence River described as the Thousand Islands. An exceedingly picturesque area. Homes dating back more than a century built on nearly enumerable islands and islets, some homes within one stride of the river. In the days before income tax, some of the homes were considerable statements of wealth. Singer Castle is just one example — very European in its style. Mostly the homes are simple “summer cottages,” ranging in size from one room to sprawling. Boathouses abound. The water level remains nearly constant so a boathouse is a pretty practical idea. Some are very imaginative architectural expressions, nearly castle-like in some instances.

Pride is in a very quiet area separated from the commercial ship channel by Cedar Island. The winds during the transit thus far between Erie and Brockville permitted good sailing and fast sailing in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The transit down the eight locks of the Welland Canal was speedy due to not as many commercial ships transiting as there sometimes can be. So we are ahead of schedule. A great opportunity to find a sheltered and quite anchorage. Today is maintenance day. Soon the ship will be back in the Atlantic with its saltiness. We want to get as much re-coating of the ship as we can to better hold off salt-rooted wear and tear. The crew have the varnish somewhat prepared. Today’s focus is mast and rigging care: tar and slush put on served and unserved wire rigging, coating of the big lower masts with protective wood preserving oil, and paint upon selected areas of the exterior hull.

With a full night’s rest last night and another one coming tonight, based on benign weather and a quite anchorage, there is a great opportunity to care for the ship and get ready for both Tall Ships® Brockville this coming weekend and the long voyage back home to Baltimore starting next week.

Signed,

Captain Jan C. Miles

Photo: Thanks to Rebecca Samler, who caught Pride II firing a cannon on Lake Erie after departing Tall Ships® Erie on September 12, for sharing her photo with us. Click on the photo for a full view.

Captain's Log – Great Lakes "tall ship" hospitality… a very pleasant & enduring uniqueness

Date: Sunday, September 4, 2016

Position: Lorain, Ohio

Pride of Baltimore II is in Lorain, OH, hosted by the Lorain Port Authority. She is tied alongside a very nicely built and well designed dock alongside a park used for public events such as concerts and festivals. The property is owned/managed by the Lorain Port Authority and is certain to have been a heavy maritime commercial facility before being repurposed for community activities. I find it interesting that a “port authority” is directly involved with community social events. Often I have seen port authority property “borrowed/lent” to community social events. Such occurrences mean temporarily using otherwise heavy commercial spaces, not nicely maintained lawn, sidewalks, trees, bushes and flower beds. I am pleasantly surprised by what I would describe is imaginative governance of a public asset through repurposing of idle heavy commerce property in a way that maintains a benefit to the public rather than conversion to a narrow private interest.

All the above by way of introduction to my multi-decade experience of hospitality extended to visiting traditionally styled sailing vessels by smaller Great Lakes harbors.

I have been commanding traditional sailing vessels of the so-called “tall ship” type through the Great Lakes since 1981. Over these years I have participated in commanding salt water vessels into and out of the Great Lakes 14 times, the majority of which were entire round trip tours in and out of the Great Lakes. The other trips have been shared with “partner captains” through a take-turn relief schedule. Since 2001 most of the Great Lakes voyages have followed the tall ship port festival tour schedule coordinated by Tall Ships America, all of which are significant events with numerous vessels visiting a host port at the same time. The hospitality and enthusiasm during such events is not surprising, considering the myriad goals for creating an event to be remembered in appreciation for years after. In between these significant multi-vessel events are the random coincidental/accidental/fortunate-timing occurrences for a single vessel visit to a port for what might be called “a single sailing ship festival.”

Such single vessel visits frequently occur with little advance planning. A kind of “magic” comes to the fore involving communication between imaginative folk with local knowledge and gumption together with logistical folk (captains and ship office staff) to explore the availability/interest of the ship and to review of realities concerning the ship actually arriving and staying a while.

Each experience I have had in the Great Lakes has included at least one unforeseen visit to an unscheduled port wherein the local enthusiasm for the vessel is as warm and supportive as can be imagined. Beyond getting the ship securely docked and able to access utilities (electricity, drinking water, etc.) and providing safe public access to the ship, there are the ship and crew interests/needs to attend to, like preparing for the next time the ship will be out on the water for an extended time when going to the next port. Local transportation is volunteered for groceries, laundry, vessel parts or even repairs of technical items, all of which are worked around unaligned, typically spontaneous invitations by locals noting the arrival of the vessel to their port for crew dinners ashore either by individual families or local groups.

Another trait of these serendipitous port hosting visits is the in depth interest in the ship. Cogent questions about her and what life is like aboard for the crew; the route the vessel took to get into and out of the Lakes (there is more than one); where in the Lakes the ship has been and where it is going; and always the celebration of pride and mutual admiration and curiosity for the ships of the Great Lakes…the iconic “laker.” Such questions and more relaxed depth of conversation are possible through public visits of less volume. The full-on tall ship festivals with several vessels in port mean significant crowds, hence nearly mono-syllabic answers to almost thoughtless questions of curiosity due to crowd pressure to get aboard all of the vessels in a single day as well check out the shore side displays. The big-crowd festivals get in the way of pleasant and un-rushed conversation between visitor and crew, whereas a single ship in a smaller city port more often results complete conversations, something a vessel’s crew actually find more enjoyable and refreshing than the innumerably repeated questions from what might be more than a couple thousand deck tour visitors per day for several days in a row.

Similar single small-port hospitality is to be found on the other three “coasts” of the contiguous United States. I have experienced such hospitality on all four coasts (East Coast, Gulf Coast, West Coast and “north coast” Great Lakes). However, it is the Great Lakes that stand as the most consistently persistent in a nearly unbound enthusiasm for ships of all types – not just for their iconic lakers but also for the “salties,” the commercial ships that come from outside the Great Lakes; there is a steady and strongly expressed appreciation for tall ships. Even with an organized, multi-port tall ship festival tour of the Great Lakes every three years, it is my observation that the enthusiasm by the citizens on and near the shores of the Great Lakes has not dwindled. This enthusiasm is greater than and more persistent than any of the other three coasts. Not that there is not enthusiasm and appreciation for tall ships on those other coasts, but those coasts have shorter winters, hence longer temperate weather periods than those that occur on the Great Lakes. Longer seasons might mean longer exposure to tall ships. Also, by not being surrounded by land (as are the Great Lakes, hence a land-bound population), the other coasts see more tall ships of varied types merely doing their individual annual work getting from port to port or working out of their homeport. It is a long way into the Great Lakes for any salty, and the local “tall ship” fleet of the Great Lakes is small both in number and in average size. So, maybe it makes sense that the enthusiasm for tall ships remains constant over time.

So, Great Lakes ports are greatly hospitable. This year’s Great Lake sojourn by Pride of Baltimore II has included single ship festival stops in Cape Vincent, New York, Boyne City, Michigan, Bayfield/Madeline Island, Upper Peninsula, Michigan, and Lorain, Ohio. All have provided an experience of intimacy not found in the also very welcoming multi-vessel tall ship festivals of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Fairport Harbor, Ohio, Bay City, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Duluth, Minnesota, and Marquette, Upper Peninsula, Michigan. Looking forward from here the multi-ship tall ship ports still to be visited are Erie, Pennsylvania and Brockville, Ontario, Canada. After which Pride will head off with all speed back to the Western North Atlantic bound for her homeport in the Upper Chesapeake Bay: Baltimore, Maryland, home of our nation’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Signed,

Captain Jan C. Miles