Pride of Baltimore II departing 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.
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.
Here, Pride of Baltimore II is just heading out. Hiawatha (Supposedly the last operational walking beam side-wheeler in the world) is the small yellowish ship near the dock, and Appledore V is still moored near the bridge. As I was taking the picture, I saw the puff of smoke and heard a loud ‘bang.’ I’m still not positive, but I believe they (Pride of Baltimore II) ‘fired a salute.’ But, since “Pride II” is a Privateer, they could have been attacking the town! Either way, it still made for an interesting picture.