|cannon fire salute from the Alliance schooner|
We're talkin' ship anatomy! We're talkin' treasure chest booty...
We're talkin' cannon fire salutes as the schooners salute each other coming into the harbor, like the salute give to the U.S.S. Barque Eagle, on its entrance to the harbor. Unfortunately, the sails are down, all of the tall ships came in Thursday before we got to go see them...The Coast Guard ship was HUGE! The main trunk is 147 feet high. It was a MAGNIFICENT ship!
The schooners here were: The Alliance, The Appledore V, the movie ship, The Bounty, the Dewaruci, the Coast Guard Eagle, the French ships Etoile and La Belle Poule, the Lynx, the Peacemaker, the Picton Castle, the Pride of Baltimore II, the Roseway, Sir Martin II, and Theodore Too.
|THREE steering wheels on the Coast Guard schooner!|
Your tour ticket got you on board all 14 schooners if you had the time and the patience and the walking legs in the heat. Ask any questions of the captains and the crew, check out all the details of the ships right down to the riggings and the sails...
1. Sailors were the lowest of the low class, uneducated, and once a sailor, always a sailor. You were never going to rise above your lot in life if you were a sailor. Nobody wanted to look like a sailor!
2. Two thirds of the Royal Navy were made up of sailors who had been forced into service. When a ship was short of crew, the crew members roamed the dockide taverns looking for guys who specifically ate with their elbows on the table because they had obviously been to sea. They would make better crew members than someone who had never been to sea. They didn't ask them if they wanted to sign up, they would beat them till they were unconscious, throw them into prison on the ship, and then let them out when they were too far from land for them to escape!