Ahoy, Cape Bre­ton!

Large crowds wel­come Tall Ships to St. Peter’s, Louis­bourg and Syd­ney

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY CHRIS­TIAN ROACH

Large crowds gath­ered at both Louis­bourg and Syd­ney Har­bour on Fri­day to wel­come the Tall Ships to Cape Bre­ton.

The Ren­dez-vous 2017 Tall Ships visit of­fi­cially got un­der­way in Cape Bre­ton on Fri­day af­ter­noon as 13 ships docked in St. Peter’s, Louis­bourg and Syd­ney.

Louis­bourg har­bour was packed with people gath­ered to see the six ships that were docked.

Al­li­son Steele, the purser of the ship Hamil­ton Pic­ton Cas­tle, said the crew has al­ready been en­joy­ing its time in Cape Bre­ton.

“We an­chored in the har­bour yes­ter­day and we spent the day in our small boats and it was amaz­ing, we had so much fun — we had a swim call last night, all with the back­drop of the fortress. It’s just been beau­ti­ful,” said Steele.

Corey Hamil­ton, the cap­tain of the Fair Jeanne, said small ports like Louis­bourg have a great at­mos­phere that big cities don’t of­fer.

“I re­ally like the small town at­mos­phere. I grew up in a small town and I like com­ing back to that at­mos­phere where people are friendly and ev­ery­one knows ev­ery­one,” said Hamil­ton.

The Tall Ships also at­tracted vis­i­tors from across the coun­try, like Heather Wall and her fam­ily, who are from Al­berta.

Wall said she was im­pressed by the his­tory of the ships and the young crew mem­bers who op­er­ate them.

“The his­tory and the magic Wall of youth are ex­cit­ing. I know on a lot of these ships, youth are in­volved in sail­ing them across the world, so I think it’s a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence for kids to be ex­posed to some ships of this na­ture,” said Wall, adding, “we don’t have that in the prairies.”

The three

Tall Ships in Syd­ney, in­clud­ing the Bluenose II, were seen by tourists from other parts of Canada as well as Cape Bre­ton­ers, with West Coast vis­i­tors like Wayne Bazinet and his wife, who are from Bri­tish

Columbia, vis­it­ing Cape Bre­ton for the first time.

“We heard they were here; the last time we were in Halifax and we missed the Bluenose, and we heard it was here so we had to come,” said Bazinet.

The cap­tain of the Bluenose II, Phil Wat­son, said he al­ways en­joys his time in Cape Bre­ton.

“I love the people, you have the Capers here and they have their own type of hos­pi­tal­ity

and they’re su­per-friendly,” said Wat­son.

The ships will be in Cape Bre­ton un­til Sun­day, when they’ll set sail for Lunen­burg. For people con­sid­er­ing tour­ing the ships, tours are free and open to all ages, but photo ID is re­quired for any­one over 16 who wishes to tour the ships. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Ren­dez-vous 2017 Tall Ships and their jour­ney, visit http://www.rdv2017.com/en/.

CHRIS­TIAN ROACH/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Large crowds turned out on the Lous­bourg wa­ter­front on Fri­day to see the Tall Ships docked at the wharf.

CHRIS­TIAN ROACH/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Crew mem­bers can be seen climb­ing the mast of one of the Tall Ships docked in Louis­bourg on Fri­day.

Steele

Bazinet

Wat­son

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