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Tall Ships gather in Hamilton- Amelia’s Update

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 12, 2009

Front Street in Hamilton Thursday night.

Front Street in Hamilton Thursday night.

Following a crew party Wednesday night at the Dinghy Club in St. George that was filled with barbeque and great music (including bluegrass from the talented crew of Pride of Baltimore II and a sing-along from Rona II),  a Thursday morning parade of ships made their way from St. George to Hamilton, Bermuda.

 Aboard Pride 2, we came in under sail and fired our cannon on our friends Spirit of South Carolina and all of Hamilton.  It was exciting to be a part of the fleet and see the many small boats that came for the sight of such a huge fleet.  In light of the special occassion, Pride 2 flew for the first time ever an American flag 30 x 42 feet that was previously flown over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD.  With great pride and sense of humor, this morning the crew decided the enormous flag will be a unit of measurement (Capitan Miranda is two flags away)!

Pride 2 fires at Spirit of South Carolina while entering Hamilton.

Pride 2 fires at Spirit of South Carolina while entering Hamilton.

Hamilton is a beautiful city and after getting on shore Nelly and I began our ASTA duties by introducing ourselves to the different ships and handing out vessel surveys.  Everyone has been very welcoming;  like Jolie Brise who welcomed us onboard and offered us drinks- even after we told them about our paperwork! 
Last night I walked along Front Street during Harbor Nights Festival, where booths and music were set up for the crew and public.  Along the water, a wall has been given to all the ships to decorate, and so far Bounty and Capitan Miranda have taken advantage by painting their ships.  
Today is a beach day for a lot of crew, but we’re looking forward to the sports competition tonight for trainees!
Crew paint murals along dockside.

Crew member Cookie paints Neptune and Bounty at sea.

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