Tall Ships on the quays

Famous vessels dock in Old Montreal

By Beatrice Broderick-Auger

Tall Ships on the Quays took place in the Old Port of Montreal the 17-18-19 of Sept. on the Jacques-Cartier quays where docked three ships: The Bounty, Pride of Baltimore II and the Lynx.

Wondering through the crowded Old Port of Montreal on a sunny Sunday morning, there was no chance to get on these magnificent boats with out waiting hours on end, two to be exact.

One hundred and eighty feet long and 115 feet long high, the Bounty is a full rigged ship requiring 18 full time crewmembers to maneuver this ship. Hailing from Greenport in Long Island, New York, the Bounty was built in 1962, for the movie Mutiny on the Bounty starring Marlon Brandon. The Bounty was constructed in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia by MGM studios. In 2006, it received massive renovations so that it could be restored to its original Hollywood condition. These renovations took place in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Throughout the year of 2008 the Bounty traveled the world, finishing its tour in Tahiti where 220 years before, in 1788, it had its first arrival. The highlight of the bounty is that it was used during the filming of the second Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Pride of Baltimore II is a smaller ship called Barquentine. Its length is 157 feet, while the mast stands at 107 feet. The Pride of Baltimore II’s homeport is in Baltimore, Maryland. Owned by the state, the mission of this “topsail schooner built to the lines of an 1812-era Baltimore Clipper,” according to the pamphlet handed out during the tour, is to promote tourism and trades of Maryland.  The boat Pride of Baltimore II has an international sailing schedule with 11 crewmembers aboard. The Pride of Baltimore II is a unique educational platform with onboard activities.

Docked in Newport Beach, California the Lynx is an even smaller Barquentine boat. Its length is 122 feet and its rig height is only of 94 feet. In 1812, the Lynx was referred to as a “Letter of Marque.” The Lynx carried letters that allowed the crew to attack other nations during the first days of the war. She was a blockade-runner and offensive weapon of war. The Lynx was among the first ships to defend American Freedom. She now sails as a “living history museum, providing inspiration,” states the pamphlet. The Lynx is also used as a training vessel to study historical, environmental and ecological issues.

Fortunately, the nautical ambiance was presents through stands of various kinds: knot work shops, painting work shops, face paint, coffee stands and the DJ’s folk Canadian music. The numerous people dressed up as pirates or just wearing striped tops and the kids with their swards brought a festivity to the quays.

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