2019 proved to be a wonderful weekend for water, wind, Tall Ships® food, and entertainment. Thank you to the ships, volunteers, vendors and partners who helped make this event possible.
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A 63 foot Alden schooner commissioned by General George S. Patton and built by Pendleton in Wiscasset, Maine. Even though it never happened, Patton said he would sail the ship around the world “when the war is over and if I live through it.” When And If was perhaps the strongest vessel Alden built incorporating improvements for comfort and safety on the high seas which half a lifetime of sailing experience had taught him. When And If remained in the Patton family until 1972 when the General’s nephew, Neal Ayer, made a gift of the vessel to the Landmark school in Prides Crossing, MA where she was the centerpiece of a sail training program for dyslexic children.
The Tall Ship Windy, is a 148 foot traditional four masted gaff topsail schooner. She offers fireworks cruises, pirate cruises, and a variety of other public and private cruises in Chicago. She is built of modern materials, however, like old trading
schooners and sail training ships, the WINDY has all the character and charm of the great Age of Sail.
The schooner Appledore IV is owned and operated an organization based in Bay City, Michigan. Tall ship adventures aboard
Appledore IV further BaySail’s mission to foster environmental stewardship of the Saginaw Bay watershed and the Great Lakes ecosystem and to provide personal development opportunities for learners of all ages through shipboard and land-based educational experiences.
Sponsored by Oneida Nation
The Pride of Baltimore is a reconstruction of a Baltimore Clipper, a class of sailing vessels that were the most successful American privateers in the War of 1812. These privately owned ships were chartered by the American government to prey on English merchant shipping, and their success was one of the factors influencing the British to sign the Treaty of Ghent ending the war.