Pic­ture per­fect

Thou­sands of peo­ple take in the tall ships at the Port of Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER

Justin Bour­bon­nais and Stephanie Gau­thier of Corn­wall, On­tario were two of the thou­sands of peo­ple who con­verged on the Char­lot­te­town wa­ter­front to see the tall ships this week­end.

“They are pretty im­pres­sive,” Bour­bon­nais told The Guardian.

The Char­lot­te­town har­bour was a mag­nif­i­cent sight to be­hold over the Canada Day week­end.

Nine tall ships graced the cap­i­tal

city har­bour as part of the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Re­gatta.

This was the first time the young On­tario cou­ple had been on a tall ship and thought it was cool to see how far some of them had trav­elled.

Gau­thier said her favourite one was the Europa from the Nether­lands be­cause it “looked re­ally old”.

The ship is 106 years old.

Mean­while, Bour­bon­nais liked the BAP Union from Peru, built in 2014.

Jil­lian Brown, 9, of Sherwood just walked off the BAP Union with her grand­par­ents, Kevin and Patty Jones of Corn­wall, when The Guardian had a chance to hear what she thought of the mas­sive 378-foot ship.

Jil­lian thought it was neat that the crew was bak­ing on the ship, hand­ing out fresh hot rolls.

She was also im­pressed with the steer­ing wheel, which she ad­mits was “pretty big”.

That was their first tall ship tour. They were head­ing towards the USCG Ea­gle from Con­necti­cut, built in 1936.

“They are all pretty cool,” said Jil­lian, look­ing around at all the ships. “They are nice and big and they can fit a lot of peo­ple.”

Maryann and David Johns of Lon­don­derry, New Hamp­shire were hav­ing a de­light­ful af­ter­noon tour­ing the var­i­ous tall ships from all over the world.

“It’s just fab­u­lous,” said Maryann, who was fas­ci­nated with the rig­ging, masts and sails on the tall ships.

“When you look at them close up you imag­ine what peo­ple have to learn and know in or­der to run these ships, it re­ally strikes a cord with you, it helps you un­der­stand what its like.”

The Johns, who have a sum­mer home in Mount Ste­wart, had just had a tour on the HMCS Ori­ole.

“We just had the most won­der­ful and invit­ing tour of the (HMCS Ori­ole), the sailors took time to ex­plain any­thing that we asked and they were just so wel­com­ing.”

David said they have seen tall ships be­fore at the Bos­ton har­bour but never had the plea­sure of actually tour­ing one.

David said to actually walk around on the tall ships added to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“This is a much bet­ter way to see a tall ship,” said David.

“It’s just won­der­ful to be in­vited on them,” said Maryann.


Crew mem­bers hurry on board the tall ship Europa as it passes the Block­house Point light­house head­ing into Char­lot­te­town on Fri­day. The pho­to­graph is post card per­fect, with the tall ship set against the back­ground of the light­house and the red cliffs of the Prince Ed­ward Is­land coast­line.

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