The Parade of Sails (2010), the official entrance of the Tall Ship fleet to start the Tall Ships Celebration in Bay City (Bay County), Michigan, US. Here, the ships are passing through or have already passed Independence Bridge (a bascule bridge or drawbridge), heading up the Saginaw River towards Bay City. The ceremony is called Parade of Sails, but this day (and during the entire festival) there was very little wind. Therefore the ships used their onboard engines. Otherwise, the temperature was excellent during their stay. This photograph was taken from the Edward M. Golson Boat Launch and Nature Area, just up river from Independence Bridge.
Since there were twelve ships in the fleet, I arranged the pictures in the order of appearance:
Europa is a steel-hulled barque. Originally named Senator Brockes, she was built in 1911 in Hamburg, Germany, and put into service as a Lightship on the river Elbe. In 1986 she was brought to the Netherlands, where she was rebuilt and rigged as a three-masted barque.
Bounty II was a reconstruction of the original HMS Bounty. Bounty II (popularly, though incorrectly, called HMS Bounty) was built in 1960, and sank in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, with the loss of two crew members. She was a full-rigged / fully rigged ship. She was originally built for the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty. Following that, she was used for promotion and entertainment, and appeared in the 1990 film Treasure Island. After suffering lack of maintenance, she was restored in 2002. Bounty II was then again used for entertainment and promotions. She also appeared in Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and even in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
Pride of Baltimore II is a Topsail Schooner, and is a replacement for a previous reproduction, which sank in 1986. The original ship was Chasseur, and a small boat aboard the latest model is named after it. Chasseur was a Baltimore Clipper, and served as a Privateer during the War of 1812.
STV Playfair is a traditionally-rigged brigantine (Two-masted square-rigged with fore-and-aft rigged sails on the mainmast). She was commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1973 for Toronto Brigantine Inc as a sail training vessel, and launched in 1974.
Roseway is a wooden gaff-rigged schooner. Launched in 1925, she has been restored and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Just before the 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor, Roseway was bought by the Boston Pilot’s Association, to serve as a pilot boat for Boston Harbor. After several changes of ownership, she is currently owned by World Ocean School.
STV Pathfinder is a traditionally-rigged brigantine (Two-masted square-rigged with fore-and-aft rigged sails on the mainmast). She was launched in 1963 for Toronto Brigantine Inc as a sail training vessel.
Madeline is a gaff rigged topsail schooner. She is a reconstruction of a mid-19th century Great Lakes schooner, and is one of Michigan’s official tall ships. She represents part of Great Lakes maritime history. Operated by Maritime Heritage Alliance, her home port is Traverse City (Grand Traverse County), Michigan, US.