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Spirit of Dana Point

Halls of History

Many hundreds of years ago I wanted to be a history teacher. Then I found out how much money history teachers made in Texas. That was the end of that dream.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to sail on the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point. Since I was on the ship, I could not take a picture of it under sail. So I resort to a picture of it here in San Diego at the Maritime Museum’s Festival of Sail on August 29, 2013:

Spirit of Dana Point in San Diego on August 28, 2013.

The event yesterday was the occasion of the 2019 Tall Ships & Ocean Festival of the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California.

The Spirit of Dana Point has an interesting history. It is a traditionally built replica of a 1770s privateer schooner used during the American Revolution. They were known for speed, and their speed made them useful for smuggling.

Formerly named Pilgrim of Newport, it was built piece by piece by Dennis Holland (1945-2014), who dreamed of building an accurate replica from the period when America fought for independence. He had talent and determination, as well as plans he purchased from the Smithsonian Institution. He laid the keel on May 2, 1970, in the yard of his Orange County home. It was finished and launched in 1983. The Ocean Institute acquired the ship in 2001, and it continues to sail the ocean under the name Spirit of Dana Point.

While under sail yesterday, we got more behind-the-scenes tales of how the ship was built. When Dennis Holland started running short of money, he and his family moved into the half-completed ship and rented out their home. When tasked with a school project to draw a picture of your home, one of his daughters drew a picture of the boat. Teacher was not too pleased.

Dana Point is a great little beach town. If you ever get the opportunity to drive Pacific Coast Highway (also known as Coast Highway, U.S. 101, California 1), be sure to stop in Dana Point and check out the harbor and the magnificent cliff side homes.

Dana Point, California, harbor

Cliff side homes in Dana Point, California

I will have more about the Ocean Institute and my adventures yesterday on the high seas in upcoming posts.

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2014 Festival of Sail is here!

Out & About

The San Diego Festival of Sail officially starts tomorrow and runs through Labor Day!

However, today from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is the Festival of Sail Tall Ships Parade, always led by the Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California, based right here in San Diego.

The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

Here are some pictures of tall ships from Tall Ship Parades in years gone by:

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall ships in San Diego for the Festival of Sail

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall ship in San Diego

Tall ship at the 2012 Festival of Sail, San Diego

The Festival of Sail is the largest tall ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Labor Day weekend in downtown San Diego is transformed into a nautical theme park for four days.

Admission is only $7 for adults.

Open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

For more information, go to Festival of Sail.

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

Out & About

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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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Tall ships — Esmeralda (BE-43)

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Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

 

I take requests!

Whitt Birnie (whitt88) asked if I could post some pictures of tall ships.

I started looking through my collection for four or five pictures and found four or five hundred.

Oh, dear.

I decided to choose a ship for this post: the Esmeralda (BE-43). Esmeralda is a steel-hulled, four-masted barquentine tall ship of the Chilean Navy. According to Wikipedia, Esmeralda is the second tallest and longest sailing tall ship in the world. However, Wikipedia also notes that a citation is needed on that claim, and I agree. Esmeralda was launched in 1953. However, we have here in San Diego the Star of India, a tall ship built in 1863 that sails twice a year. Maybe the Wikipedia entry should say something like “…..longest sailing tall ship in the world that is in regular service.”

Esmeralda visited San Diego in July 2011, and I was there taking pictures as she arrived.

B.E. Esmeralda visiting San Diego

 

B.E. Esmeralda visiting San Diego

 

B.E. Esmeralda visiting San Diego

 

B.E. Esmeralda visiting San Diego

 

B.E. Esmeralda visiting San Diego

 

B.E. Esmeralda visiting San Diego

 

B.E. Esmeralda visiting San Diego

 

B.E. Esmeralda visiting San Diego

 

B.E. Esmeralda visiting San Diego

 

B.E. Esmeralda visiting San Diego

 

B.E. Esmeralda visiting San Diego

I’ll have more tall ship pictures soon!

 

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