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Tall Ships Festival Two Harbors, MN 2022 (Nao Trinidad, US Brig Niagara, and the Pride of Baltimore II)

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posted by Paul D alias Paul Domsten on Wednesday 10th of August 2022 11:50:06 AM

Here is the 2nd installment of the 2022 Tall Ships Festival tour in Two Harbors, MN. We stayed right in Two Harbors so it was convenient to keep going down to the harbor during different times of the day. I have a few different compositions during very foggy times, night and both morning. I tried to get several different angles to keep them interesting. These 3 ships are the Nao Trinidad, US Brig Niagara, and the Pride of Baltimore II. Here is some more interesting information on them. The first ship on the left is the Nao Trinidad and is a replica built in 2018. Per Wiki "Trinidad was the flagship of Ferdinand Magellan's voyage of circumnavigation. Unlike Elcano's Victoria, which returned to Spain sailing across the Indian Ocean, Trinidad tried and failed to sail east across the Pacific to New Spain or modern-day Mexico. Trinidad was a nao (ship) of 100 tons (or 110 tons, Morrison has both) with square sails on the fore and main masts and a lateen mizzen. Its original crew was 61. After Magellan's death and the burning of the Concepcion, Victoria and Trinidad (the San Antonio and the Santiago being lost earlier) reached Tidore on 8 November 1521. In mid-December both ships attempted to depart loaded with cloves, but Trinidad almost immediately began to leak badly. Inspection showed that the problem was serious. It was agreed that Victoria would leave for Spain and Trinidad would remain for repairs." The 2nd ship is the US Brig Niagara. Per Wiki "Niagara was constructed from 1812 to 1813 to protect the vulnerable American coastline on Lake Erie from the British and played a pivotal role in the battle for the lake. Along with most warships that served in the war, Niagara was sunk for preservation on Presque Isle in 1820. Raised in 1913, it was rebuilt for the centennial of the Battle of Lake Erie. After deteriorating, the restoration of Niagara was started again in the 1930s, but was hampered by the lack of funds caused by the Great Depression and remained uncompleted until 1963. A more extensive restoration was carried out in 1988 in which much of the original ship was largely destroyed. The incorporation of new materials and modern equipment makes it ambiguous as to whether it is or is not a replica." The 3rd ship on the right is the Pride of Baltimore II. This is a replica built in 1987. Per Wiki "The Pride of Baltimore was a reproduction of a typical early 19th-century "Baltimore clipper" topsail schooner, a style of vessel made famous by its success as a privateer commerce raider and small but nimble warship in the War of 1812 (1812–1815), against British merchant shipping and a vastly superior world-wide British Royal Navy. After the end of the war, Baltimore Clippers did not have sufficient cargo carrying capacity for normal merchant trade, so some were used in the illegal opium trade into China and vessels of the same type were used in the transatlantic slave trade from Africa.[1] Pride of Baltimore was commissioned on 1 May 1977 by the 44th Mayor of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, in an elaborate public ceremony in the historic Inner Harbor watched by thousands of Baltimoreans and Marylanders, she spent nine years at sea logging over 150,000 miles, equivalent to six times around the globe. On 14 May 1986, the first Pride of Baltimore was lost at sea in the Caribbean Sea, and her captain and three of the crew died."

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