Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 14th, Tall Ships in Green Bay, WI

Saturday I went to Green Bay with Jeff to board the ships of the Great Lakes Challenge Fleet.

The first was the Bounty…a replica built in Lunenburg during the early 60’s for the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty”. At the end of the movie when the mutineers reach Pitcairn Island they burn the ship and this Bounty was to be burned, but Marlon Brando convinced them to use a model instead…and so here we are, lucky to be walking her deck 50 years later. We picked ships to board by the length of the waiting line.

The Brig Niagara was next. In 2006 she offered instructional rides to 30 or 40 people from Green Bay to Sturgeon Bay and I was lucky enough to be one.

Tall Ships in NE WI

By the time we were off the Niagara, the line to the Bounty had grown to several hundred feet. We boarded the Pride of Baltimore II…a replica of a topsail schooner that was used as a Privateer…a sleek looking ship. It was 1 pm and we had been here since 9...time to go.
Pride of Baltimore, anchored in Sturgeon Bay...2006

I had considered kayaking in the Fox River to look at the ships, but there were many people with boats doing the same. I'd rather have more seclusion

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