American Pride in San Diego

Tall Ship Parade from the 2013 Festival of Sail in San Diego

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The Festival of Sail started this past Friday and continues through Labor Day on the downtown harbor front at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Check the Museum’s web site for entry fee, times, and updates.

Normally I take the San Diego Trolley from my place to the Maritime Museum and watch the parade.

Russel Ray's bike

Russel Ray’s bike

This year I also took my bike, and instead of watching the parade from crowded downtown, I rode from the Maritime Museum all the way out to Shelter Island where I set up on the pier to get some of my best pictures ever of the tall ships.

Too bad this was the first overcast Tall Ship Parade that I can remember.

Always something, it is.

Pictures from the parade follow. Only tall ships were in the parade, so anything that’s not a tall ship is just a sight I saw while going to, watching, and coming from Shelter Island.

View of downtown San Diego from North Harbor Drive at West Laurel Street:

Downtown San Diego

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One of the reasons I chose to go to the Shelter Island pier is because I know lots of pelicans hang out there. You can get within a couple of feet of many of them to get great pictures.

Pelicans on Shelter Island pier

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The USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) was coming into San Diego at the same time the parade was getting underway.

USS Arleigh Burke in San Diego

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The USS Arleigh Burke is the lead ship of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, so you’re looking at the first of her kind. It was built at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, in 1988-89, launched on September 16, 1989, and commissioned on July 4, 1991. Since it is based in Norfolk, Virginia, it’s a pleasure to have it visiting San Diego.

The Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California and based right here in San Diego:

The Californian

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The Californian is a replica of the C.W. Lawrence, a revenue service cutter that operated off the California coast in the 1850s. It is 145 feet long and was built in 1984. In 2003, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Bill No. 965 making it the official state tall ship. It provides sail training and sea educational programs up and down the California coast, and is open to the public for harbor sailing every Saturday during the summer. No, I have not sailed on it yet, but it’s on my bucket list.

Next up is the Tole Mour, the longest ship in the parade at 156 feet.

Tole Mour in San Diego

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The Tole Mour is the largest active tall ship on the West Coast. It was built in 1988 as a self-contained primary health care support vessel to operate in the Marshall Islands, a U.S. protectorate. The name of the ship was selected by a competition of Marshall Islands school children and means ‘A Gift of Life and Health’ in the Marshallese language. It is part of the Guided Discoveries’ Catalina Island Marine Institute, offering sail training, oceanography and marine biology education to hundreds of school-aged participants each year.

Up next is the Exy Johnson:

Exy Johnson in San Diego

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The Exy Johnson, a brigantine, is a state-of-the-art sail training vessel from the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s TopSail Youth Program. Later on you’ll see her twin, the Irving Johnson. The Johnsons were pioneering sail trainers. From the 1930s to the 1950s, they circumnavigated the globe seven times on two different boats, both named Yankee, with each trip using a new group of boys and girls who possessed only a sense of adventure and curiosity.

Up next is Jada, a 65′ yawl built in 1938.

Jada

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The Jada has raced the Transpac to Hawaii five times and won the Tahiti race in 1969. Originally built as a schooner, it was converted to a yawl in the 1950s to meet new racing rules. It is based in San Diego and is available for whale watching and chartered adventures.

Next is the SSV Robert C. Seamans, a 134½-feet-long brigantine built in 2001.

SSV Robert C. Seamans

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SSV Robert C. Seamans is owned and operated by the Sea Education Association (SEA) of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. SEA is a leader in undergraduate ocean education while exploring ports of call in Europe, the Caribbean, Polynesia, or Oceania. It is a sophisticated sailing school vessel outfitted with hydrographic winches, bathymetric equipment, biological and geological sampling equipment, a wet/dry laboratory, and a computer laboratory.

If you want to take one of the best tours of the San Diego harbor, make a splash on the SEAL:

Make a splash on the SEAL

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The SEAL is a combination land vehicle/boat. It starts on land at Seaport Village, takes the roads around to Shelter Island where I was, and slowly makes its way into the water where it then takes you on a harbor cruise. Yes, I have done it. It is the coolest thing!

Another great way to see the harbor is the various harbor cruises:

San Diego harbor cruise

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Some of the harbor cruises have dinner and sunset cruises, which are a lot of fun. If you have the time, take the complete tour of the harbor, from Point Loma to the Coronado Bridge. If you don’t have as much time, take the north tour to Point Loma as it’s much more interesting. If you’re active duty or retired military, you’ll probably enjoy the south tour since it takes you by the NASSCO ship building docks and the huge 32nd Street Naval Station where dozens of warships are docked. Both cruises take you by the North Island Naval Station where you’ll often see nuclear-powered aircraft carriers berthed.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)

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Up next: American Pride.

American Pride in San Diego

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American Pride is a 3-masted schooner, 130 feet long, based in Long Beach, California. It was originally a 2-masted schooner-dragger named Virginia. Her first forty years were spent commercially fishing the Grand Banks and George’s Banks, searching the New England coasts for cod, haddock, flounder and ocean perch. It was purchased in 1996 by the American Heritage Marine Institute, renamed the American Pride, and operates as a private charter for the general public and school groups for the Children’s Maritime Foundation.

One of the smaller tall ships did not make the parade, and that threw my documentation off. The ships were not flying name flags, didn’t have names on the side of the vessels, and I can’t find any good pictures to help me with identification. So the following pictures are probably of the “Bill of Rights,” the “Irving Johnson,” and the “Spirit of Dana Point.”

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

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Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

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Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

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When the parade ended, I hopped on my bike for the ride back to the Maritime Museum. I got interrupted by lots of helicopters taking off and landing at the North Island Naval Station.

Helicopter landing at North Island Naval Station in San Diego

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Once I got back to the Maritime Museum, I watched the tall ships plow the harbor waters.

Tall ships in San Diego for the Festival of Sail

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There you have it, 2013’s Tall Ship Parade from the Festival of Sail hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. There is a lot still going on today and tomorrow. Many of the ships offer cruises around the harbor, there are cannon battles, and there is a special passport that you can get stamped by each of the ships that you visit, including all of the ships owned by the Maritime Museum.

San Diego Festival of Sail

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33 thoughts on “Tall Ship Parade from the 2013 Festival of Sail in San Diego

  1. coastalcrone

    What a beautiful sight! I love it when we have tall ships here in our area. Thanks for sharing – would love to be there to see them. I am impressed that you took to your bike! Cheers!

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  2. pibbsdreamquest

    Russel, I want to thank you so much for the detail and pictures you are providing on this blog. I am so glad to have made your aquaintance for you are giving me a glimpse into the city of my birth, one which I have never seen nor had the opportunity to get to know. You have brought San Diego and the surrounding areas to life for me. My father was stationed here. We left when I was a mere two weeks of age. I recall one visit back when I was 10 years old but it was only a day trip.

    Thank you Russel!
    k-

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  3. Darlene Jones

    I love the tall ships and your pictures are wonderful. My aunt sailed around Australia on a tall ship when she was in her 50’s – it was a working trip so she climbed to the crow’s nest, etc. etc. She said it was wonderful.

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  4. Naomi Baltuck

    Very lovely photos. Have you seen “Master and Commander”? It is a gripping story, but also beautiful to watch, and a very authentic peek at life onboard a tall ship during the Napoleonic Wars.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      And stuffed and healthy. They get so much food right there because they are literally overlooking about 30 fisherpeople and two cleaning sinks. The fisherpeople love to throw fish heads their way. Eventually, I’m going to get a flash video of them.

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          1. Gallivanta

            Truly, truly. I am still trying to track the ships that my ancestors came on. I do know some of the names but as far as I know those ships have all gone. I would be over the moon if I could find a relative who came on the Star of India aka Euterpe but a lot more research required.

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  7. Tanner N. Tillotson

    Hey, love the pictures, and I don’t mean to nitpick, however, you got a few identifications wrong:
    – The vessel you identified as the “Tole Mour” is the “Californian”
    – The vessel you identified as the “Exy Johnson” is the “Tole Mour”
    – The three vessels you weren’t sure of are, in order, “Irving Johnson”, “Spirit of Dana Point”, and “Amazing Grace”. “Bill of Rights” was not in attendance this year.

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