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It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet EAGLE.

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 26, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS EAGLE!

Photo Credit: USCG Barque EAGLE

Photo Credit: USCG Barque EAGLE

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:
AT TALL SHIPS® PHILADELPHIA CAMDEN 2015 (JUNE 25 – 28)
AT IBERDROLA USA TALL SHIPS® PORTLAND 2015 (JULY 18 – 20)

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
The 295’ barque EAGLE is America’s Tall Ship. One of five sister ships built for sail training in Germany in the 1930s, EAGLE was included in reparations paid to the United States following World War II and the Coast Guard took her over as a training ship. Eagle is maintained and operated by a core of professional crew and a contingent of temporary crew and cadets from the Coast Guard Academy. Aboard the Eagle, cadets have a chance to put into practice the navigation, engineering, and other skills they are taught at the Academy. As underclassmen, they stand watches and handle more than 20,000 square feet of sail and more than 20 miles of rigging. Over 200 lines must be coordinated during a major ship maneuver and the cadets must learn the name and function of each. As upperclassmen, they perform officer-level functions and learn important leadership skills. For many, their tour of duty aboard the Eagle is their first experience of life at sea and it is here that they learn to serve as the leaders they will one day become in the Coast Guard.

SHIP FACTS:
Vessel Type: Barque
Flag: USA
Homeport: New London, CT
Sparred length: 295’
Rig height: 147’
Sail area: 22,000 square feet
Power: 1,000 HP diesel Caterpillar D399
Hull: Riveted Steel

Join us every Tuesday for more profiles of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series.

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Cherry Blossom Peeping

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 22, 2015

Captain Batsford (Canada), Lea Parrell (RedPath Toronto Waterfront Festival), CAPT Eric Jones (USCG)

Captain Batsford (Canada), Lea Parrell (RedPath Toronto Waterfront Festival), CAPT Eric Jones (USCG)

Earlier this month, Team Tall Ships America headed to our nation’s capital for our annual reception in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room in the U.S. Capitol. Hosted by Rhode Island Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, we had a wonderful turn out of naval attaches (representing the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Oman, Spain and Uruguay), Tall Ships America Board Members,  TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Host Ports, and supporters of sail training, including Senator Jack Reed (RI). We use this reception as an opportunity to cultivate relationships with foreign navies for future events and to announce  upcoming TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® events. Here are some photos if you would like to see – Read the rest of this entry »

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The Halfway Mark

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 21, 2015

Photo Credit: Friends of Hermione http://hermione2015.com/voyage2015/

Photo Credit: Friends of Hermione http://hermione2015.com/voyage2015/

If you haven’t been following the adventures of the crew of L’Hermione as they sail across the Atlantic Ocean, you should. Despite being in the middle of the ocean, the crew has been posting video almost every day, conducting webinars on navigation and propulsion, and generally having a pretty great time (at least according to the pictures).  A good place to follow them is on their twitter feed @Hermionevoyage. They also have a blog so, if your French is better than mine, enjoy.

L’Hermione will be making landfall in Yorktown on June 5th and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome her back to our shores. She will also be participating in two of our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 events – Tall Ships® Philadelphia-Camden and Greenport Tall Ships®

For more information on her public tours and available tickets, visit her website.

 

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2015 Call For Interns!

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 20, 2015

2015 SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES

TALL SHIPS AMERICA is seeking a summer intern who is interested in working in a unique nonprofit environment. Interns support the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team in various components of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series, which is an annual series of tall ships races and maritime port festivals that celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions and which inform the general public about the transformative power of ‘Adventure and Education Under Sail®.’ Interns join the race team in working with the vessels, crews, trainees, port organizers, US Coast Guard, and others to execute a successful series of races and port festivals for traditional sailing ships.

Our summer intern will join TALL SHIPS AMERICA in Philadelphia, PA on June 23rd and will depart from Portland, ME on July 21st. As a member of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team, we expect that the intern will support festival operations and dockside vessels in Philadelphia, PA/Camden, NJ (June 25-28); Greenport, NY (July 4-7) and Portland, ME (July 18-20). Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet LYNX.

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 19, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS LYNX!

Credit: Tall Ships America

Credit: Tall Ships America

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:

AT TALL SHIPS® AT CAPE CHARLES 2015 (JUNE 13 – 14)

AT TALL SHIPS® PHILADELPHIA CAMDEN 2015 (JUNE 25 – 28)

AT GREENPORT TALL SHIPS® 2015 (JULY 4 – 7)

AT IBERDROLA USA TALL SHIPS® PORTLAND 2015 (JULY 18 – 20)

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

America’s Privateer Lynx is a 122’ square topsail schooner designed and built to interpret the general configuration and operation of a privateer schooner or naval schooner from the War of 1812. Dedicated to all those who cherish the blessings of America, Lynx sails as a living history museum, providing inspiration and resolve at this time in our nation’s history. To complement her historic character, the Lynx crew members wear period uniforms and operate the ship in keeping with the maritime traditions of early 19th century America. Lynx also operates as a sail training vessel to serve as a classroom for the study of historical, environmental, and ecological issues. www.privateerlynx.com

SHIP FACTS:

Vessel Type: Square Topsail Schooner

Flag: USA

Homeport: Portsmouth, NH

Sparred Length: 122’

Rig height: 94’

Sail Area: 4,669 square feet

Power: Cat 3306B – 290 HP

Hull: Wood

Join us every Tuesday for more profiles of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series.

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Tall Ships America Members Receive Project Grants

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 15, 2015

In July 2014, we shared an announcement from the Maritime Administration and National Park Service about the availability of $1.7 million in grants for maritime history education and preservation projects. They recently announced (in the press release that follows) that those grants have been awarded – and that many of them went to our member organizations and tall ships!

Maritime Administration and National Park Service announce $2.6 million in grants for maritime history education and preservation projects

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, today announced the award of approximately $2.6 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.
“Our maritime heritage is woven into the nation’s history and identity,” said Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.  “These grants will not only help preserve our maritime resources for future generations, but many of these projects will also directly connect communities to that heritage through educational outreach and involvement in preservation efforts.”
“Since our nation’s very beginning, seafarers have helped build, defend and provide for our way of life in the United States, and the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program preserves and promotes that proud maritime legacy,” said Maritime Administrator Jaenichen. “The projects were so worthwhile in providing education and preservation of our maritime heritage assets that MARAD provided more than $800,000 over the original funding amount to support additional projects that were highly recommended by the Federal review panel.”
National Maritime Heritage Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies that share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education.  Funding is provided by the Maritime Administration through the recycling of vessels from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

The Maritime Heritage grants are available to state, tribal, and local governments, as well as private non-profit organizations for education and preservation projects.  Education projects are funded in amounts between $25,000-$50,000; preservation projects are funded in amounts between $50,000-$200,000. Education grants can be used for programs such as school curriculum, interpretive programs and web pages, and preservation grant projects can include the rehabilitation or restoration of ships and other maritime resources.

Tall Ships America Members who received grants include:

Center for Wooden Boats for free public rides on historic small craft ($28,000)
Independence Seaport Museum to undertake critical projects for the continued preservation of USS Olympia ($169,850)
Living Classrooms Foundation for USS Constellation spar, fighting top, and rigging rehabilitation ($89,596.50)
Maritime Museum of San Diego for replacement of the sailing ship Star of India’s weather decks ($192,794)
Mystic Seaport Museum for restoration of the 1908 steamboat Sabino ($199,806)
USS Constitution for USS CONSTITUTION: From Forest to Frigate ($50,000)

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Let’s go to America!

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 20, 2015

Hermione TSC_Voyage

L’Hermione set sail on her transatlantic journey over the weekend. Speeches and songs marked her departure and she was escorted out to sea by a small flotilla of boats. Next stop, Yorktown, Virginia!

 

More information about Hermione‘s voyage www.hermione2015.com

Hermione will also be joining the fleet in our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 ports.

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It all began with a vision

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 17, 2015

 

L'Hermione  (Courtesy of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America)

L’Hermione (Courtesy of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America)

Twenty years ago, construction began in France on a piece of American history. Tomorrow, the frigate that carried the Marquis de Lafayette to America to tell General George Washington that France would support our War of Independence from the British (and thus helped ensure our success), will set sail from France on a historic 3,000 mile voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. L’Hermione will arrive in Yorktown, Virginia on June 5th and spend the next two months sailing the East Coast of the United States. L’Hermione will be joining the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 fleet in the ports of

Cape Charles, VA (June 13-14)
Philadelphia, PA-Camden, NJ (June 25-28)
Greenport, NY (July 4-7)
Portland, ME (July 18-20)

Here are some videos from the L’Hermione crew as they prepare for this momentous voyage –

More information about L’Hermione and her complete itinerary

More information about the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015

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TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Atlantic Coast 2015 Series: An Update

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 2, 2015

There has been so much happening around Tall Ships America HQ! It’s amazing how productive one can be when one is buried under 15 feet of snow.

Snowed in

 

The biggest news is that we’ve added two new ports to TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Series – Cape Charles, VA (June 13-14) and Portland, ME (July 18-20). More information is available, including participating vessels, on our website. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blue Water Blogs: Picton Castle

Posted by Tall Ships America on January 2, 2015

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PICTON CASTLE and her crew arrived in Cape Town, South Africa today after a 2, 247 nautical mile journey across the Indian Ocean and South Atlantic. Follow their adventures as they learn about the evolution of ship design, celebrate Christmas at sea, and round the Cape of Good Hope just in time for New Year’s 2015! 

Kelley watching the sunset (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

Kelley watching the sunset (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

December 14, 2014 – 21°34.3’’S x 054°11.7’’E
“After a lovely week in ‘France’, we’re now underway from La Reunion, bound two thousand miles around the Cape of Good Hope for Cape Town.  Hot weather today so we rigged the power shower after lunch. Read the rest of this entry »

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