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Guest Blogger Matt Maples: In Greenock

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 12, 2011

By Matthew Maples

10-07-2011 21:00

It feels like we have just arrived, but already the festivities in Greenock are winding down, an ending for our sail celebration in Greenock. More importantly, however, it is the last stop for many of our trainees and some of our crew.

Today was the lynchpin day, the day of the parade and awards ceremony. For several days our trainees had worked on making costumes for a mermaid-and-pirate themed ensemble. I was surprised at the amount of effort they put into it! They spent several days making wigs for the mermaids from spent strands of our rope and painted canvas fish tails for their bottoms.
The rest made pirate outfits from their trainee shirts and had a formidable armory of pirate weaponry to match their mandatory moustaches. I did not personally see the parade but our on-board education “ringleader” Jay, told me that they were among the most enthusiastic group she has seen in a parade. In between sea songs the growling pirates frightened children whilst “mermaids” (generally our tall and hairy men on board) frightened grown men with kisses.

To continue reading Matt’s adventures on Europa, click here


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