Top Tall Ships 2009

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Tall Ships Stop in Boston

Tall Ships Stop in Boston

Over the weekend, the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge made a stop in Boston. For those unaware, the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge is a trans-Atlantic race by sailing ships that follows a traditional route, from Viigo, Spain, to Charleston, South Carolina, to Boston, Massachussets, to Halifax, Canada and then back across the Atlantic to Belfast, Ireland.

Though the use of Boston as an official port for the TSAC was marked with controversy, as the Mayor’s Office did not appropriate funds for security, meaning the ships did not publicly parade into Boston as in years past, the event was still a resounding success.

The waterfront was populated with lots of people throughout the five days of the event. With all our modern technology, it’s refreshing and impressive to check out massive boats that sail across the Atlantic ocean on the power of air.

Top Four Tall Ships

Yours truly made his way down to the waterfront on Sunday to check out the sails and ships. Here’s my take on the four best Tall Ships from 2009.

  1. Capitan Miranda
  2. Sunny Sails on a Sunny Day

    Sunny Sails on a Sunny Day

    The 205 foot Capitan Miranda was a clear crowd favorite as it had the coolest sails out of the forty plus ships. The colorful sun sails drew oohs and aahs and was prominently displayed at the entrance to the Tall Ships exhibit.

    The staysail schooner is part of the Uruguayan military. Built in 1930 in Spain, the ship was used as a hydrographic vessel, which means it would survey the land and waters. Today it’s used by the Uruguayan navy as a training ship.

  3. N.S. Mircea
  4. ns-mircea-sails

    The 270 foot long Romanian Mircea was one of the biggest ships at the event. The sails on this barque rig extended high up into the blue sky and had many people waiting to get on board for a firsthand look. The ship was built in 1939 in Germany and has an interesting history I’ll reveal below.

    ns-mircea-figurehead

    What I liked most about the Mircea was the figurehead at the bow of the ship, wearing a red and white cape.

  5. Eagle
  6. us-coast-guard-eagle

    The U.S. Coast Guard was on hand too, with their massive 295 foot Barque Eagle ship on display. It was appropriately docked right next to the USS Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

    The Eagle is the only commissioned sailing vessel in the entire US military. While this particular ship was built in 1936, it follows a long line of ships bearing the Eagle name in the US military. This Eagle is the seventh ship to proudly use the name.

    Here’s why the Eagle was one of my favorite ships at Tall Ships Boston:

    It was commissioned Horst Wessel and following World War II was taken as a war prize by the United States.

    That’s right, the Eagle was actually built in Germany and then claimed by the US as a war prize. The Mircea was also built by the German military and later seized by Romania. Nice prizes to have, eh?

  7. Cisne Branco
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    The 254 foot Cisne Branco is part of the Brazilian Navy. It’s a relatively new ship, built in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1998. The Cisne Branco is used for training purposes and to represent Brazil in international sailing events, like the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge.

    Check out the impressive web of ropes on the Cisen Branco.

    cisne-branco-ropes

    There you have it, four of my favorite ships from Tall Ships Boston 2009. Boston is really a perfect port for the event, with our rich maritime history. Hopefully we’ll continue being a stop for the ships.

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  1. Andrei says:

    Actually the Mircea ship wasn’t seized by Romania, it was built for the Romanian Navy to start with:
    http://www.tallshipsraces.org/?p=655

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