Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tall Ships in Halifax, NS

Brian and I have been in Halifax for the last week. Brian attended an oil rig safety course (he has a well coming up offshore and had to get Canadian certification) and I spent a glorious week roaming around Halifax.

It's been 30 years since I've been in Nova Scotia. I came here as a child and it has always been one of my favorite places. Halifax is a beautiful city, full of graceful old buildings, art galleries and a gorgeous harbour. It was totally accidental, but we managed to be here during the Tall Ships 2009 festival. 70 sailing ships from around the world were anchored in the harbour, and over the weekend we were able to look at all of the ships and tour many of them. The best part of the festival was the ending "Parade of Sail," when all of the ships lined up and sailed around Halifax Harbour before heading out to sea. Truly an amazing sight!

This is the Pride of Baltimore II, a very graceful topsail schooner:
Brian's favorite, the Kruzenshtern, a Russian four-masted barque. The Kruzenshtern is one of the largest tall ships in the world, and was the largest at the festival. It is still used by the Russian navy as a training vessel:

The Eagle, a three-masted barque used by the US Coast Guard as a training vessel. Another very large ship:

A very bored Russian sailor aboard the Kruzenshtern:

Brian at the helm:

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