How special is it to be boating with the Tall Ships? And did you hear about the Viking ship coming to the Great Lakes from Norway? It didn’t take Colleen long to track the schedule and make reservations so we were in our slip as the Tall Ships gathered in Sturgeon Bay on their way to Green Bay.
We were in our dinghy and joined other boaters, kayaks, rowboats and power boats near the Bay View bridge to see the parade of tall ships enter the harbor. Its hard to describe them, and we didn’t even see them in full sail as they were just motoring in for the night. The ships we saw included U.S. Niagara, Madeline, and Appledore IV. ,Pride of Baltimore II, Denis Sullivan, the Windy from Chicago, When&If and El Galeon.
Each of the ships has a mission and shares its stories at each port. This was a viewing only stop, so we did not get a chance to tour.
The El Galeon is a 170 foot wooden replica of a Spanish Galleon. Its includes information about 16th century European sailing and tells the 500 year story since the arrival of Juan Ponce de Leon on the eastern shore of Florida.
Windy is a 148 foot four masted topsail schooner.
Windy is based out of Chicago. This photo shows her coming through the Bay View bridge . If you are visiting Chicago, you may be able to get a tour.
The special appearance of Draken Harald Harfagre- a Viking longship from Norway-was a highlight. The people were lined up along the bridges to welcome the ship to the marina.
The ship was built in Norway and combines the ocean crossing sailing capabilities with a warships use of oars.
The following morning we left port at 8 am- the same time the ships chose to leave for Green Bay. They had the bridges open so they could head west toward Green Bay; we slipped through heading east towards Lake Michigan. The canal is a shipping canal that connects Lake Michigan with Green Bay. The eastern 1.3 mile canal was dug in 1872 to provide a short cut into the bay. In 1881 it was upgraded at a cost of $ 291,000 dollars. The whole canal is 7 miles across and is marked by a light house on the entrance to Lake Michigan.
While very calm in the canal, we were unsure if the winds would change as we hit the big water. we were greeted by increased winds; but on our nose- so we had a nice ride down the coast.