Vessel Type: Gaff Schooner
Homeport: Bay City, MI
Sparred length: 65’
Rig Height: 63’ 6”
Sail Area: 1,444 square feet
Power: 90 HP Diesel
The schooner Appledore V is owned and operated by BaySail, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Bay City, Michigan. Appledore V was the fifth in a series of Appledore schooners commissioned by Herb and Doris Smith and launched in 1992. Traverse Tall Ship Company purchased Appledore V from the Smiths and sailed her under the name Westwind. BaySail acquired the ship in 2002 and changed her name back to Appledore V. She joins sister ship Appledore IV as an education and sail training vessel operating around the Great Lakes.
Appledore IV will offer sail-away excursions during Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City. Click here for purchase your sail-away tickets today!
Vessel Type: Gaff Schooner
Homeport: Bay City, MI
Sparred Length: 85’
Draft: 9’ 9”
Beam: 18’ 5”
Rig height: 76’
Sail Area: 3,560 square feet
Power: 135 HP Diesel
The schooner Appledore IV is owned and operated by BaySail, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Bay City, Michigan. Tall ship adventures aboard Appledore IV further BaySail’s mission to “foster environmental stewardship of the Saginaw Bay watershed and the Great Lakes ecosystem and to provide personal development opportunities for learners of all ages through shipboard and land-based educational experiences.” Since its founding in 1998, more than 42,000 young people have experienced a BaySail education program.
Appledore IV will offer sail-away excursions during Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City. Click here to purchase your sail-away tickets today!
Over 900 volunteers completed Discovery World's tall ship, the Sailing Vessel Denis Sullivan. This replica of a Great Lakes schooner, and Flagship of Wisconsin, operates as a floating classroom and goodwill ambassador for the State of Wisconsin. From her homeport in Milwaukee on Lake Michigan, the S/V Denis Sullivan offers educational day sails and private charters for people of all ages from May though September and is committed to re-establishing the historical, cultural and environmental bonds between the community and one of its most valuable resources.
She winters in Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean. Three hour LakeWater Expeditions and Dockside Discovery educational programs are offered for 5th through 12th graders. High school and college students can partake in five to 14-day Science Under Sail programs in the Great Lakes, Bahamas and Caribbean.
The Vikings left almost no record of how they built their ships and how they sailed them. There are many who have tried to recreate Viking ships, some of the are replicas of the ships which have been archaeologically found and some of them are inspired from the norse sagas. Draken Harald Hårfagre is built with inspiration from the Gokstad ship, the ships mentioned in the sagas and from knowledge of traditional boatbuilding tradition.
Draken Harald Hårfagre is 35 meters long, 8 meters wide and the mast reaches 24 meters. She is sailed with a 260 square meter large sail and rowed with 25 pairs of oars. During the trial sailing the summer of 2014 she reached a top speed of 14 knots. When sailing Expedition America she will be crewed by 33 skilled sailors.
The Galeón Andalucía is a replica of a 16th-17th century galleon, the only one in the world that sails in present days. These ships were the type of vessel used by the Spanish Crown for maritime expeditions during the 16th through the 18th centuries. Galleons were intended to discover and then establish trade routes between Spain, America and the Philippines islands, and formed what was then called the “Fleet of the Indies”. For three centuries, these Spanish galleons crossed the Atlantic Ocean back and forth, sailed around the Caribbean Sea and the American coasts, and covered the Pacific route as well. They carried plenty of seamen, merchant traders and settlers, while their holds bore the fabulous loads resulting from American and Asian trade. It took three years to research the main historical and maritime archives in Spain and compile all necessary information about galleons’ shapes, details and measures so that this replica could be built. Since her launching, a crew between 15 to 35 people has manned her across the seas and oceans around the world. She has navigated the Pacific and Indian oceans, crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and her wake has spread over the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the South and East China seas, the Aegean Sea, the Bosphorus strait, the Caribbean Sea and the whole East Coast of the US, covering thousands of nautical miles in an attempt to evoke her ancestors.
The MHA's schooner Madeline is a reconstruction of a mid-19th century Great Lakes schooner and one of the State of Michigan's official tall ships. She was built between 1985 and 1990 in Traverse City, Michigan by volunteer members of the non-profit group, the Maritime Heritage Alliance.
Her mission is to serve as a floating center for the interpretation of Great Lakes maritime history. She is open to visitors in her home port of Traverse City and travels to other Great Lakes ports under local sponsorship. Madeline's financial support comes entirely from people who are interested in preserving Great Lakes history. This includes MHA members and others around the Great Lakes who believe in what we are doing.
The ship began her life in 1967 as the Motor Vessel "Liverpool Bay". She was built with the strong native timber and the skilled hands of the shipwrights at MacLean Shipbuilding, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her captain and crew worked the Banks off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, fishing for the cod that were her reason for being. After twenty years working in the harsh environment of the North Atlantic, with fish stocks declining and her machinery and equipment well past their prime, in 1987 this once proud vessel was left abandoned at a Halifax pier. Another five years of neglect added to her decline, but under the layers of paint and algae, behind the rotting timber and planks, was a gracious schooner hull waiting to return to sea.
The U.S. Brig Niagara is a two-masted, square-rigged sailing vessel. In 1813, she had a crew of 155 men and boys who manned her sails, 18 carronades and two long guns. The crew was organized into two watch sections (port and starboard) for routine duties while underway. More experienced sailors were stationed aloft, while others under the direction of petty officers manned the rigging which controlled the sails from deck. In battle, men also manned the guns and carronades. Boys carried the black power charges from the magazine to the guns. Marines and soldiers were assigned to the fighting tops on the masts where they could fire their muskets on the enemy ships. Officers directed setting sails, firing cannon, and maneuvering the brig in response to orders from the captain.
The current Niagara, the third reconstruction of the original vessel, was launched in Erie in 1988, the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie. Niagara sails the Great Lakes, preserving and interpreting the story of the Battle of Lake Erie, and acting as an ambassador in her capacity as the flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Pathfinder was the original vessel of Toronto Brigantine, a charitable organization founded in 1962 to develop leadership, discipline, and citizenship in a maritime environment. The men and women who founded Toronto Brigantine believed that exposure to the challenge of the sea-going lifestyle could benefit young people. From standing watch to coordinating daily operations, from preparing meals to repairing systems, the entire ship’s complement is between 13 and 18 years of age aside from the Captain. Toronto Brigantine celebrates its 54th Anniversary in 2016.
Playfair joined Toronto Brigantine in 1974. She was christened in 1973 by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and is the only Canadian ship to be commissioned by a reigning monarch. Since the founding of Toronto Brigantine in 1962, thousands of young people have participated in the organization’s character building programs that foster and reward self-confidence, teamwork, responsibility, custodianship and leadership. By working together, sailing and managing square-rigged ships, they have discovered important lessons about life and themselves.
Vessel Type: Topsail schooner
Homeport: Baltimore, MD
Sparred Length: 157’
Draft: 12’ 6”
Beam: 26’ 4”
Rig Height: 107’
Sail Area: 9,018 square feet
Power: 2 x 165 HP Caterpillar Diesels
Baltimore Clippers, sleek, fast and maneuverable vessels, gained fame as privateers during the War of 1812. Their success in capturing British merchant ships provoked the Royal Navy to attack Baltimore in 1814. Francis Scott Key, seeing the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry after the 25-hour British bombardment, was inspired to pen the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
One of the most successful privateers was Chasseur, launched from Fells Point. In a daring voyage to Great Britain, her captain declared a solo blockade of the British Isles. This caused the British Admiralty to call vessels back to the British Isles to protect their merchant ships. Chasseur captures or sank 17 vessels before returning home in 1815. Upon her arrival in Fells Point, she was greeted by cheering crowds and dubbed the “Pride of Baltimore.”
Pride of Baltimore II is a reconstruction of this early 19th-century Baltimore Clipper, as was her predecessor, Pride of Baltimore. For nearly four decades, these modern-day “prides” of Baltimore have promoted historical maritime education, fostered economic development and tourism, and represented the people of Maryland in ports throughout the world. Since her commissioning in 1988, Pride II has sailed 250,000 nautical miles and visited more than 200 ports in 40 countries.
When and If is an 83’ Alden schooner, commissioned by General George S. Patton in 1939. Her name is attributed to the quote, “When the war is over, and if I live through it, [my wife] Bea and I are going to sail her around the world.” With General Patton’s death in December 1945, it was unlikely that When and If would ever fulfill her original purpose. But in 2012, Doug Hazlitt (known for his compete restoration of another historic Alden schooner) purchased the vessel with the mission to restore her to her former glory. With enough support and sponsorship, the Captain and crew intend to make General Patton’s dream for this sailboat come true. As Patton’s will requested, they plan to repurpose the vessel for sail training and education by taking on apprentices along their journey and donating a portion of their proceeds to a sailing scholarship program.