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Tall Ships in the Crescent City

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 21, 2018

Picton’s resident feline, named “Fiji”, plays in a dockline coil

 

April 20, 2018

by James

Wow! What a week its been since we left Pensacola! We cast off at 6:30 AM Monday morning and had some great sailing for the next day or so. Once we got closer to the Mississippi the weather died a bit, and we motored through the North Gulf oil fields. A pilot got on board and we entered the River delta, connecting with a tug Tuesday afternoon. It would have taken several days to make it upriver without one, due to the Mississippi’s high water and fast current. It was quite the workout, manning the helm that night. It took two people to keep the ship on course behind the tug!

Oosterschelde overtakes Picton Castle on the voyage from Pensacola

The tug got the Picton crew to the anchorage the next morning, where Elissa was already waiting. We were shortly joined by Oosterschelde (Lynx and When and If took the Industrial Canal to Pontchartrain Landing) that afternoon. We spent the rest of that day in the hot sun making Picton look nice and pretty for public viewing. Oliver Hazard Perry arrived later that night.

Picton crew members unwind with music after a hard days work

Thursday was spent coming up the final few mile stretch between the anchorage and New Orleans.

The ships opened for tours for school kids today around 10 AM, with tours for the general public open at 12. It was incredible to see the ultimate turn out, and I’m looking forward to seeing the final numbers recorded by the ships, I’m sure they were in the  thousands!

The ship crews are seething with anticipation to get out an explore the Big Easy, myself included. I cant wait to see the famous New Orleans from street level!

View from aloft on Picton Castle

ew Orleans from street level!

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Blue Skies and Blue Angels

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 17, 2018

Photo B Holmen

It was a picture perfect evening in Pensacola. Crowds of people milled about in the fading light, waiting for their arrival. A helicopter hovered nearby. Then, a low roar in the distance and the crowd started to cheer as the Blue Angels screamed through the sky overhead and towards the horizon, perfectly in formation. It was my first time seeing the Blue Angels perform and, I have to say, it was pretty cool. Even people who see them regularly (they practice nearby) were yelling and whistling like it was their first time. It was a performance that capped off a very special, and very busy, weekend in Pensacola.

Photo B Holmen

Tall Ships® Pensacola ended Sunday and the tall ships are on their way up the Mississippi River to Tall Ships® New Orleans (you can track them here). This was not the first time Pensacola has hosted a tall ship, but it was the first time they had hosted a whole fleet of vessels. Oosterschelde, Picton Castle, Elissa and Oliver Hazard Perry were our boarding vessels and the visitors came down to Plaza del Luna by the thousands. Our two day sail vessels were constantly sailing in and out of their dock, to the delight of the crowds. It’s one thing to board the vessels while they are at the dock, it’s another to see the ship in action – sails full of wind, captain at the helm giving orders and, of course, the cannons. Lynx always obliged the crowds with their cannon fire. I could actually hear them ten blocks away!

 

Lynx fires her cannon Photo J Rogers

 

Intern James had the opportunity to go sailing on When and If  and it looked like a beautiful afternoon to be out on the water. Lucky intern….

Looking at Lynx from When and If
Photo J Rogers

All too quickly, it was time to hit the road. We left town yesterday morning and, by the afternoon, were in New Orleans. It’s hard to believe that after two years of planning for this Gulf Coast series, we are here. From New Orleans, Lynx, When and If, and Oliver Hazard Perry will continue up the Atlantic Coast and we will see them again at Sail Philadelphia over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-28. Until then, laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

 

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