Every year we are very lucky to have a Tall Ships Festival in town. This year 22 Tall Ships and a 15 ton bright yellow rubber Duck came to visit. Hundreds of people from different parts of the city and beyond came to visit and strolled by the waterfront extending from the Museum of Glass all the way the the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum. For this event the museum entrance was free which was awesome! During our stroll I had the opportunity to sketch the Adventuress. The Adventuress is from Port Townsend, a beautiful coastal city up the peninsula. The luxury yacht was built in Maine for a Chicago millionaire who led a failed attempt in 1913 to hunt a bow head whale in the Arctic and deliver its skeleton to a New York City museum. This beautiful vessel is white and I wanted to keep the original color even though it might look at little strange.
In addition to the Adventuress these are some of the ships that were available to see or ride!
▪ Lady Washington, from Aberdeen. The 112-foot-long ship is a replica of an 18th century cannon-laden brig — a popular war and merchant ship of the 18th and 19th centuries. It was used in the movies “Star Trek: Generations” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
▪ Vérité, from Tacoma. A wind and oar-powered captain’s gig, it’s used to teach youths boating skills on the Thea Foss Waterway.
▪ A 15-ton, six-story inflatable rubber duck. It will be trucked in from Ohio on the back of a semitrailer.
Most of the ships are two-masted schooners, which were popular trade, fishing and racing vessels in New England during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Also two brigs, which were commonly used as warships in the 18th and 19th centuries; a 1920s Puget Sound wooden ferry boat; and a former Arctic fur-trading ship.
Some of the ships, including an 80-foot-long schooner from California, were be open for tours and cruises.
This is the quick sketch I was able to produce!
And off course I have to include a couple of pictures from the event,