Europa - Departure Day by Francis LaLonde

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Viewing the east bank of the Saginaw River on the monday following the Tall Ship Celebration (2010) in Bay City (Bay County), Michigan, US. This was one of the stops for the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge® – 2010, when a fleet of tall ships arrived in town (during the Parade of Sails) for the weekend, offering tours of the ships, sailing excursions on some vessels, and several special events around town. I believe most of the ships were heading to Duluth, Minnesota, US. I apologize if these photos are blurry or otherwise not too high of a quality. The weather had taken quite a turn for the worse. During the festival, everything was bright, sunny and warm (90 degree or warmer temperatures). However, on this day the temperature dropped quite a bit, and there was a cold drizzle.

In the background can be seen Veterans Memorial Bridge.

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.

In front of Europa are Appledore IV and Appledore V.


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I hadn’t really been ‘into’ photography until recently. Before then (about 2008), the costs of film, developing and printing was just too much for my wallet. Then, I bought my first digital camera…now I quite literally don’t know when to stop (well, maybe when the weather is too inclement, or the distances involved are prohibitive). Mostly, I stick with the local area (Bay City (Bay County), Michigan, US) – and have ‘discovered’ many hidden treasures nearby.

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