This past weekend, OpSail 2012 came to the local waterfront, and there was a spectacular gathering of ships that has not been witnessed here in many years. Early Saturday morning the Sherpa Girls and I went downtown to see what could be seen and to take some photos before the docks got too crowded. I love just about all things nautical, and seeing the tall ships sparked some kind of genetic memory in me. We were treated to the early morning routines as the crews prepared for a busy day of tours and festivities. Flags were raised, lines trimmed, national anthems sung, bag pipes played, brass polished, provisions loaded - and I was very glad I got to see it all.
Juan Sebastian de Elcano (Spain)
Goose Bay and Moncton (Canada)
Also from Canada, Picton Castle (they are looking for crew members!)
The Pride of Baltimore II
The Schooner Virginia
The U.S. Coast Gaurd's Eagle
If this was not enough for you, you can see my complete set here.