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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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.
A 63 foot Alden schooner commissioned by General George S. Patton and built by Pendleton in Wiscasset, Maine, 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.
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.
The U.S. Brig Niagara, home-ported in Erie, Pennsylvania, is a replica of the relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. She is the embodiment of the dual mission of the Erie Maritime Museum and the Flagship Niagara League: she is both
a historical artifact and a vehicle for sail training, an experiential learning process that preserves the skills of square-rig seamanship.
The S/V Denis Sullivan is a re-creation of a typical 19th century 3-masted Great Lakes schooner. Her triangular sail on the upper foremast—the raffee—is a sail unique to Great Lakes schooners of the time. Schooners were the prominent vessels
on the Great Lakes from 1833 to the 1890s and into the 20th century. These vessels also often had one or two centerboards, and were wider and boxier than oceangoing schooners.