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Tall Ships at Canal Days Festival (Port Colborne Ontario)

The Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival offers activities and attractions that enliven the senses. The Tall Ships gather in Port Colborne each August holiday weekend, for a four-day celebration of history and heritage.

Nestled at the juncture of the Welland Canal and the Lake Erie north shore, Port Colborne is a working marine community, with rich nautical history and welcoming hospitality. At the height of summer, the entire city takes time to celebrate the reasons why this picturesque town has grown and prospered – our marine heritage and our connection to the St. Lawrence Seaway and the seafaring world at large.

Each year more than 300,000 people visit the festival over four days. Friends, families, and former residents return and reminisce, and Canal Days continues to grow by bounds. An ever-changing roster of activities has redefined Canal Days again and again, and as the festival moves into its fourth decade, that growth will continue as the festival blooms again.

http://www.canaldays.ca/page/canal_days [canaldays.ca]

The Lynx was designed and built to interpret a privateer or naval schooner from the War of 1812. Displacing 114 tons, she is 122 feet overall with a 23-foot beam and a draft of 9 feet. She is fitted with period ordnance and flies pennants and flags from the 1812 era.

She represents the first ships to defend America's freedom. The Lynx crew wears period uniforms and operates the ship in keeping with the maritime traditions of early 19th Century America. History comes alive as students and teachers play an active roll in the nation's maritime history though a hands-on interactive State Standards based educational program.

122-Foot Tall Ship Lynx “America's Privateer” to Sail to East Coast of U.S. for Five-Year Period to Participate in Great Lakes United Tall Ships Event 2010 and War of 1812 and Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Events.

The Empire Sandy was one of 1,464 Empire ships built or acquired for war service by the British Government. Built in England in 1943 as a deep sea tugboat, she was tasked with Royal Navy work and salvaging merchant ships damaged in the Battle of the Atlantic and other naval engagements during the Second World War. She served in the North Atlantic Ocean from Iceland to Sierra Leone, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal during World War II.

Empire Sandy is believed to be the last Empire ship built during WWII to be still sailing. She began serving the Great Lakes as a cruise ship in 1982, and continues to this day.

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    • # Christa

      These are great pictures of great ships. Once we had here an international meeting and it was a big sucess.

      2010.08.04 Edited Reply Cancel