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Commemorating Battle, Celebrating Friendship

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 7, 2013

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Pride of Baltimore II
Pos: Alongside Dieppe Park, Windsor Ontario
Wx: Calm, Overcast

This morning Pride of Baltimore II quietly stems the current of the Detroit River astern of Denis Sullivan and Sorlandet on the last day of Tall Ships Windsor. As with all the Ontario Ports we’ve visited, the welcome has been warm and enthusiastic here in perhaps the only Canadian city that lies SOUTH of its American neighbors. This evening, after the crowds of visitors clear the decks, Pride II will get underway for Put-in-Bay, Ohio, and the Re-enactment of the Battle of Lake Erie. Or, as our Canadian friend Lisa from the Toronto based Waters Edge Festivals & Events (WEFE) calls it, “The Rematch.”

While the Re-enactment is being “observed” on busy Labor Day for reasons of public visibility instead of the following Tuesday when it was actually fought, there is still no getting around the idea that at this time 200 years ago, we would have been deep behind enemy lines here in Windsor. Capture and interrogation would have been far more likely than the welcome and hospitality we’ve received. So the notion of slipping away down the Detroit River in the darkness seems appropriate, and even gives a contained sense of adventure and realism to our journey. We can indulge, but it’s a bit misplaced.

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