Tall Ships Boston 2009 & Other Tall Ships Festivals
The public will be able to view a fleet of 40 tall ships in Boston Harbor and Winthrop this week as a part of Sail Boston 2009. The 40 featured ships have come from around the world for a visit from July 8 - 13, 2009. The fleet is stopping in Boston before it continues to Halifax as a part of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009.
Thousands of visitors are expected to visit the tall ships in Boston, even though the organizers struggled to raise funds for this year's event. Unfortunately, the traditional Grand Parade of Sail and fireworks have been canceled in order to decrease public safety costs by limiting the crowds.
The schedule for tall ship viewing is available on the Sail Boston website. The tall ships will be moored at:
- Seaport World Trade Center and the Fish Pier in South Boston
- Charlestown Navy Yard
- Battery Wharf
- Rowe's Wharf
- Boston Habor Shipyard and Marina
- Moakly Courthouse Dock at Fan Pier
- Outer Harbor at Cottage Park in Winthrop
The tall ships are stopping in these ports during the course of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009, a race in which competitors"follow the traditional trading route of sailing ships over the centuries taking full advantage of prevailing winds which should provide spectacular racing conditions."
Earlier in the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009, the tall ships stopped in Vigo (April 30 - May 3), Tenerife (May 14 - May 17), Bermuda (June 11 - June 15), and Charleston (June 25 - June 29).
The term tall ship has come into widespread use in the mid-20th century with the advent of The Tall Ships' Races, and was not generally used in the era when such ships were the norm.