Off the coast of Norfolk, VA, a brilliant, bronzed sunrise silhouettes Delaware’s replica Swedish pinnance “Klamar Nyckel”. She is accompanied by Germany’s naval sail-training vessel, the Gorch Fock II. Both ships prepare themselves in this morning, donning full regalia in preparation for the Norfolk “Parade of Sail.”
Moments after this picture was taken, the serene, silent morning was broken by the boom of a signal cannon from an troublemaker; the Royaliste. The challenge was answered in kind from over two dozen anchored tall ships, their booms of cannon blanks no doubt waking up any sleepyheaded sailors yet below.