Day One of the Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival
Posted by Tall Ships America on July 1, 2010
All three of us (Libby, Becca, and Samara) arrived on Toronto on Monday night and have been very busy ever since. We watched all of the ships come into port yesterday and spent the morning setting up for the festival. As each of the ships came in, we were able to meet the crew. All of them were welcoming and greeted us enthusiastically despite having just finished a long voyage. Last night we attended the opening ceremony in front of Barque Europa, the international sail training vessel hailing from the Netherlands. The ceremony, which honored both the sponsors of the event and the captains of the various ships, opened with a cannon blast and horn from Europa. The event included traditional sea shanties such as “Northwest Passage” by Stan Rogers and “The Night that Patty Murphy Died.” We also were treated to a performance from the Fort York Fife and Drum squad, who appeared in their military uniforms.
It was a beautiful evening and in addition to meeting new people we also got a below decks tour – what a majestic ship! Europa is the third ship we have gotten a full tour of so far. Before the opening ceremony we had the opportunity to tour Pride of Baltimore 2 and HMS Bounty. It is obvious that all of the ships’ crews have been working very hard to ready their boats for the festival. For example, fellow ASTA blogger Matt Maples spent the afternoon painting the scuppers on Europa, while Pride of Baltimore and STV Pathfinder are looking sharp with newly refinished cap rails. Hopefully by the end of the summer we will get a chance to see them all!
It’s only the second day, but now that the festival is open, we are really excited about all of the events that are coming up! The ships will be docked and holding deck tours throughout the weekend at the waterfront here in Toronto. So make sure to take a look at the schedule of events and come out to the ASTA booth where we will be happy to answer any questions you may have for us.
Happy Canada Day (*Y’all)!
*Becca is from South Carolina