Saturday, July 11, 2015

Greenport Tall Ships Festival


Historic Greenport Harbor welcomed six Tall Ships from all around the world during a four day event. 

The six ships were:

AJ Meerwald-    A.J. Meerwald is the state ship of New Jersey. She is a restored oyster dredging schooner, whose home port is in the Bivalve section of Commercial Township in Cumberland County, New Jersey.

Lynx-    Lynx is a square topsail schooner based in Newport Beach, California. She is an interpretation of an American letter of marque vessel of the same name from 1812.

Picton Castle-    The Picton Castle is a fully certified and registered Cook Islands tall ship whose mission is deep-ocean sail training and long distance education.

Kalmar Nyckel--The original ship — a new type of gun-armed merchant vessel called a Dutch Pinnace — was built by the Dutch in Amsterdam in about the year 1625.  She was purchased in 1629 by a Swedish consortium to serve as an auxiliary warship for the Swedish navy, which she did until her decommissioning in 1651 — except for the years from 1637 to 1644 when she sailed the Atlantic for the New Sweden Company.  An exceptional ship with a long and remarkable career, she was sold to a private merchant after being decommissioned from the navy.  No completely definitive records have been uncovered as of yet, but Kalmar Nyckel was probably resold to the Dutch navy as an escort vessel and sunk in the North Sea while fighting for the Dutch in a war against the English in 1652. More information HERE

Sagres-   The NRP Sagres is a tall ship and school ship of the Portuguese Navy since 1961. It is the third ship with this name in the Portuguese Navy, so she is also known as Sagres III. This ship has lots of History.

Hermione-  The Hermione was a 12-pounder Concorde class frigate of the French Navy. She became famous when she ferried General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 for extension and spread of the war in the American Independence Movements 1754–1763 on behalf of the French interest. She grounded and was wrecked in 1793.
In 1997, construction of a replica ship started in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France; the new ship is likewise named Hermione.

My friend Rita lives in Greenport and walking distance to the festival. We walked into town to see the ships Sunday night. The Hermione came in Monday morning which was a thrilling.

I took lots of photos and hope you enjoy the SHIPS.





32 comments:

  1. These ships are really amazing. I can only imagine how beautiful they look in person. The history behind them is so interesting. It must have been awesome to have seen them close up and even being allowed to go on some of them. Thanks for sharing this, someday I hope to see them when they come to Philly again .

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    1. I'm so glad I went. Wish you were with me!

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  2. Myra is right. Amazing is the perfect word. The carvings are fabulous, love the dogs. All the intricate woodwork is beautiful. So many ropes. I would love to see the sails at full mast. We see the ships through your eyes. Great photos!

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  3. Linda, this was just an incredibly awesome post! Thank you for taking so many photos and sharing through Shutterfly. I loved the period clothing - you captured those characters so well! And for your husband to have seen the Hermione while out scuba diving had to be a real thrill! All your details captured through the lens, and the history here, are superb. Thank you!
    Rita

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    1. Rita- I am SO lucky I got to see them. It certainty was something I will never forget.

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  4. I knew you would get some top notch photos of these beauties and you sure did, Linda. They are AMAZING. Such beautiful detail on them and to think...there was that story of the Hermione on the news and you got to see her AND board her. How cool is THAT?

    I'm so glad you got to see these magnificent boats up close....what fun. And thanks so much for sharing your photos so that we could tour right along with you. :)

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    1. You know how excited I was to see the Hermione- PLUS I got to see her dock and fire her cannons!

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  5. Great shots!
    I'd love to see the tall ships some day.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/07/get-peek-at-those-cute-little-feet.html

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    1. I'm so thankful I got to see them.

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  6. That is so cool. I love the tall ships and glad you went. I want to go.

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  7. Great captures.It is interesting to read about these ships and the ships festival.

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    1. I love history so including a little about them was something I wanted to share. Glad you enjoyed them

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  8. I love tall ships, and with these coming from all over, it must have been really fascinating and picturesque

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    1. Rhonda- they were fascinating. Loved seeing the captains quarters.

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  9. Great photos! I keep telling myself when the tall ships arrive in Toronto, I will take my kids to see them. They look so incredible!
    Thanks for linking up over at Toronto Teacher Mom!

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    1. When I saw you were a teacher I was so excited to post about the Tall Ships. If you looked at the photos in the Shutterfly album I also included addition history about the ships.

      Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again.

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  10. Wow what an amazing and mighty ship! Thanks for sharing =)

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    1. Hope you got to check out the others ships in the shutterfly album- they were so beautiful.

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  11. The picture of the ship is quite impressive. Glad to have you join #OMHGWW!

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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  12. Tall ships remind of romance and the high seas it must have been great seeing them. Thanks for the info and sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

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    1. Sue-

      I know when I attend the party I usually bring recipes but I wanted to share these amazing ships. Hope it was ok.

      Linda

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  13. How exciting that must of been Linda and what nice photos you took.

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    1. Thanks Julie- I was so lucky to hear about it and have Rita's place to stay. Greenport is a tiny town on the North Fork of Long Island and there isn't much parking. I walked into town from Rita's which saved me time hunting for a place to park. Since I stayed overnight I also got to see the Hermione come in which was fantastic.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Linda

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  14. My family would have loved being able to see these ships. So thank you for sharing them with us and taking wonderful pictures of them.

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    1. Glenda-

      As I mentioned in a comment to someone else, I usually don't add post like this to parties. I was so excited that the Hermione was coming into a port close to my home! It was also special because we will be selling our home soon and I won't be able to see things like this anymore.

      I love taking photos and love history so to share this is something I wanted to do and I love it when someone enjoys it .

      Thanks and hope you come back again.

      linda

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  15. This looks like a fantastic place to visit! Thanks for linking up!

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