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The tall ships setting sail for Canalside

This Fourth of July, Canalside is playing host to a history-making celebration—a fleet of majestic tall ships docking on Buffalo’s waterfront for the first time in more than a century. Here’s a sneak preview of the dozen grand vessels sailing in for Basil Port of Call Buffalo July 4-7:

Barque Picton Castle

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Type of ship: Three-masted barque
Year built: 1928
How tall: 100 feet
Home port: Avatiu, Cook Islands (unofficial port in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia)
Sea story: Originally built as a Welsh fishing boat, the Picton Castle was conscripted by the British Navy as a minesweeper during World War II and converted into her current form in the ’90s.

Denis Sullivan

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Type of ship: Topsail schooner
Year built: 2000
How tall: 95 feet
Home port: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sea story: Modeled after a traditional Great Lakes ship, the Denis Sullivan sets off for educational sails and private charters from Milwaukee’s Discovery World science center.

Niagara

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Type of ship: Brig (two-masted, square-rigged)
Year built: 1988
How tall: 120 feet
Home port: Erie, Pennsylvania
Sea story: The Niagara is a historically accurate reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship, which helped defeat the British in the pivotal Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

Empire Sandy

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Type of ship: Tern schooner
Year built: 1943
How tall: 116 feet
Home port: Toronto, Ontario
Sea story: At 203 feet long, this three-masted schooner, a converted British Navy ship from World War II, will be the largest in the festival.

Nao Santa Maria

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Type of ship: A three-masted sailing ship, known as a "nau" or "carrack"
Year built: 2018
How tall: 82 feet
Home port: Seville, Spain
Sea story: A replica of Christopher Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria was built 525 years after his fleet set sail from Spain.

Bluenose ll

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Type of ship: Gaff topsail schooner
Year built: 1963; rebuilt in 2012
How tall: 130 feet (the tallest at Port of Call: Buffalo)
Home port: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Sea story: You may not know her name, but you’velikely seen the Bluenose—she’s depicted on the Canadian 10-cent coin.

St. Lawrence ll

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Type of ship: Brigantine
Year built: 1953
How tall: 54 feet
Home port: Kingston, Ontario
Sea story: Purpose-built as an educational ship, the St. Lawrence offers year-round programs focused on seamanship skills and leadership.

Pride of Baltimore ll

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Type of ship: Two-masted topsail schooner
Year built: 1988
How tall: 107 feet
Home port: Baltimore, Maryland
Sea story: After the original Pride of Baltimore sank, this ship continued its mission to promote maritime education and encourage economic development, visiting 200 ports in 40 countries so far.

HMCS Oriole

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Type of ship: Two-masted ketch
Year built: 1921
How tall: 94 feet
Home port: Canadian Forces Base Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sea story: Commissioned in 1952, the Oriole is the oldest and longest serving ship in the Royal Canadian Navy.

Spirit of Buffalo

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Type of ship: Topsail schooner
Year built: 1992
How tall: 62 feet
Home port: Canalside, Buffalo
Sea story: Our hometown flagship offers excursions all summer long, including craft beer and wine tasting sails and a pirate adventure for the whole family.

Appledore IV & Appledore V

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Type of ship: Gaff schooners
Years built: 1989 (IV), 1992 (V)
Home port: Bay City, Michigan
How tall: 76 feet (IV), 63.5 feet (V)
Sea stories: More than 44,000 students have boarded the Appledore schooners for educational programs focused on environmental science and the Great Lakes.

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All aboard

The Port of Call festival features children’s activities, live entertainment and, of course, the tall ships, which will berth from Canalside down to the observation tower at Erie Basin Marina. There are several ways to see them all:

  • Parade of Sail: In a festival highlight, the ships will parade by the Outer Harbor at 2 p.m. on July 4.
  • Passport tours: Available at Wegmans and online, a Passport Voucher allows you to tour all 12 ships in one day. By upgrading to a VIP Passport, you can roam the ships all weekend and get additional perks, like parking and expedited boarding.
  • Sail away: The Appledore schooners and Spirit of Buffalo will offer day and twilight sails as well as the ultimate sailing experience—a chance to be part of the Parade of Sail.
  • Next stops: If you miss the ships in Buffalo, catch them in Cleveland (July 11-14), Midland, Ontario (August 9-11) or Erie, Pennsylvania (August 22-26). Passport and sailing excursion tickets are available at portofcallbuffalo.org.

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