The “Star of India’s” sails greeted us when we arrived at the Festival of Sail. Members got in free, and they received a passport that they could get stamped onboard each ship.
We started our stay with a hot dog at the street fair, and found a new wallet to replace my beyond-tired one.
Volunteers sported their amusing T-shirts, and looky-loos with camera could be found everywhere…even under the Surprise the ship from the movie “Master and Commander,”
Two tall ships off into the bay for a cannon battle, and flags flying with enthusiasm.
Navy barges provided docking out into the bay for the 24 ships that came to the Festival. It’s now too complicated for the really large foreign ships to enter the harbor, but we enjoyed the smaller US ships.
Mast and sails on the “American Pride.”
This small long boat is about the same size as the one Captain Bligh and crew were set loose in to sail 3618 nautical miles after the Mutiny on the Bounty.
The Exy Johnson comes about in front of the Carrier Carl Vinson.
I’m fascinated by this method of raising sail. This steeply stepped mast and sail are on the first America’s Cup winner, the “America.”
Several of the museum’s small boats are displayed on a barge of their own.
A “Surprise” crew member with a blunderbuss. It worked too. Onboard this crew member taught splicing to others. A splice is much stronger than a knot and uses less rope.
Pulleys aboard the “Surprise.”
As we left, I spied the Exy Johnson again this time with a harbor tour boat, other small craft against the background of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).