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06-30-2013, 06:29 PM
Hi everyone, I had a wonderful day down at the Hamilton Harbour. 6 tall ships visited us Friday-Sunday, and mobs of people went down to see them. I think they are pretty cool! and my special interest is that my grandfather apprenticed at 16 in one with the British Navy.

This was a tantalizing view of the masts as we lined up to buy the deck passes.


Looking up into the rigging on the US Brig Niagara.


As you got out onto the dock, the many line-ups to see each ship were visible. This is the SS Sorlandet from Norway, the oldest full rigged ship in the world still in operation. It became a training ship in 1927, was captured by the German navy, was a training ship again, and now is used by a College for education and sail training.


I was looking for the shortest line, and got right to the end of the dock....this one was just as long, but I was interested in this elegant one, the Peacemaker, based in Savanna, Georgia. It is a barquentine, constructed 'using traditional methods and tropical hardwoods in southern Brazil by an Italian family of boat builders. Today her vision is to be a a sea-going representation of the life of peace and unity'. At one point it was a private yacht! It is now owned by the Twelve Tribes movement.

Here it is under sail



Here are some views of the ship interior.

The Captain's cabin.

The cook's herbs.

The Galley

Breakfast bar

The mess and lounge

Looking up through the rigging

The wheel house

Beautiful wooden panelling on deck.

06-30-2013, 06:47 PM
Here are some things I saw from the Peacemaker ship. The Schooner Liana's Ransom was taking folks out on the harbour, and we could see it from the deck.

Here it is against the backdrop of the Skyway bridge.


As it pulled nearer to us, a cannon salute was fired. This was exciting for the passengers as well as those of us watching! the little boy in front of me was quite overcome :)

This shows the Skyway bridge, with underneath it the lift bridge over the canal into the harbour. One of the larger ships had to fold it's tallest mast to get under the Skyway bridge.

Here's a silhouette of one of the steel mills that is east of the docks.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour! I would have liked to see inside the Norwegian ship, but my patience for line-ups was gone, and it was time to head to other parts of the water front parks.

06-30-2013, 07:20 PM
Lynn!!! AWESOME!!!!!! Almost like being there. Thank you so very much... I can almost smell them sigh....................

06-30-2013, 07:30 PM
Glad you liked it, JJ! The Peacemaker is a working ship, all right, but very luxurious. The crew of 20 will be with it all summer as it travels around the Great Lakes. I imagine the others are much more Spartan.

06-30-2013, 08:04 PM
I have photos of the peacemamer too! In the RIL! SHE CAME TO Pensacola a few years ago. ISN'T she amazing?

06-30-2013, 08:41 PM
In 2011, don't know if the SAME captain is on board, but the wife of the Captain did her own pottery and there was a full studio and kiln on board. Still there?

06-30-2013, 10:07 PM
Thank you for standing in line for all of us, Lynn!:D

Your photos are terrific! The partly cloudy skies enhance the graceful silhouettes of the ships.

Cheers, Anne

06-30-2013, 10:30 PM
Thank you so much for going there for all of us! I never knew what it looked like inside a ship. It's wonderful!

06-30-2013, 11:00 PM
Fabulous... simply fabulous!

07-01-2013, 03:08 AM
What a wonderful day you had Lynn. Fabulous photos.


07-01-2013, 06:35 AM
Wonderful images Lynn, thanks so much for posting

Strawberry Wine
07-01-2013, 07:58 AM
Lynn, thanks for sharing the Tall Ships with us. Loved the photos of the interior of the Peacemaker. Tons of wood to be polished. :)

My sister, brother and SIL saw them while they were docked in Toronto about 10 days ago.. One of them sailed in under engine and partial sails.

Awesome, that you were on board to See and HEAR the cannon salute.



07-01-2013, 08:33 AM
Thanks for your kind comments, everyone! Yes, it was well worth the wait. In Toronto there were 15 ships, but our harbour would have been overflowing with all those!

Interesting, Caryl, I'll have a look for your photos. No, no signs of the pottery now. There were a lot of young people on the staff, summer work for them I guess, although it is co-operative as part of the 12 tribes, so not sure how they manage it.

Yes, Gail, great timing! there were a few of us keen photographers that were keeping an eye on the little schooner from the ?aft deck, and when she turned to come toward us we were glued to the spot and let the stream of people go past us. We didn't know the salute was coming, though, that was sheer serendipity!

I didn't mention the re-enactment camp, there was more to see, also other information about the war of 1812, with a continuous film about it running on a large screen. Plus theatrical 'spontaneous' events gathering in some of the spectators, with vignettes of events from the war. It was very well done.

07-01-2013, 08:45 AM
I just got an interesting heads up.....I went online looking for interior shots of the SS Sorlandet, to compare to the Peacemaker, and there in the image parade were two of my own just posted images from this thread, I didn't even ask for Tall Ships, just the Sorlandet name, and there was a photo I had identified as the US brig Niagara, with a clear view of the US flag. So be warned, anything you post on Wet Canvas can get a pretty wide audience, and perhaps not correctly. I guess I knew that, but this certainly proves it.

07-01-2013, 10:10 AM
I was on FB and just saw a link that JJ found to Hamilton tourism (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.494278773974687.1073741826.122710564464845&type=1), with lots more photos of the events, most taken on the Friday and Saturday with some of the ships under sail. Worth looking at! Thanks, JJ!

07-01-2013, 10:19 AM

Here's the link to the first photo in the gallery, and then you can just scroll right or left through them.

I have one I cannot find. I took a shot from the Captains bed out over the fan tail out to sea. WHAT a Morning VIEW!

07-01-2013, 10:22 AM
and here's their homepage


07-01-2013, 10:23 AM
OOO the Great Lakes Tour! DARLA!

2013 Tour of the Great Lakes:
Miramichi, New Brunswick May 31 - June 2

Brockville, Ontario June 15 - 16

Toronto, Ontario June 20 - 23
Hamilton, Ontario June 29 - 30
Cleveland, Ohio July 4 - 7
Bay City, Michigan July 12 - 14
Marquette, Michigan July 20 - 21
Duluth, Minnesota July 26 - 28

Chicago, Illinois August 8 - 12
Green Bay, Wisconsin August 16 - 18

Midland, Ontario August 23 - 25
Kingsville, Ontario August 30 - September 1
Erie, Pennsylvania September 6 - 8
Buffalo, New York September 13 - 15

07-01-2013, 10:54 AM
Caryl, I've seen several tall ships when we lived up north; I'm sorry but I don't remember their names. I find them fascinating. The closest to us now would be the Bay City, MI stop. ;)

THANK YOU LYNN for posting this tour for us to share with you. Absolutely splendid. I loved looking inside at the captains bed chamber and the galley.

Lawrence Fox
07-01-2013, 03:53 PM
We went to see the 15 of them last week in Toronto--got there after the on-board tours were over, but we did watch the sailpast in harbour. A lot of them fired their cannons in salute -- caught some of us quite off-guard.

It amazes me every time I see these ships and think of people sailing across the ocean in such tiny vessels with such huge masts.

And I wonder if one day our descendants will look at the Space Shuttle or the Apollo craft and say "Man, can you imagine what guts it took to go into space in one of these little things instead of our modern craft?"

07-01-2013, 03:59 PM
Lynn, thanks for taking us along with you!! Wonderful!!


07-02-2013, 09:53 AM
thanks for the pictures... very lovely. I took a pic of SS Sorlandet while docked in the Toronto Harbour at sunset, here it is for the interested...


06-30-2017, 11:15 AM
What amazing photos, I love the flags and such on them too! Love that you got to go inside! I want to go live on one of these! Avoiding all evil pirates of course! Even though I get sea sick! Perhaps I can live on one in my front yard?

06-30-2017, 11:20 AM
Nice work,envious even though I did a lot in Hartlepool about 3 or 4 years ago.

They are due over in North East UK this coming year again......seem to remember Happ did some about 5 years ago......where is he?


07-01-2017, 02:05 AM
I hadn't seen this thread!

Thank you, Lynn, for this so well documented visit. Great photos.

07-01-2017, 09:03 AM
great photos

07-01-2017, 09:10 AM
Thanks folks! If you are interested, here is a descriptive list of the ships (https://www.hamilton.ca/attractions/events-calendar/parade-sail) visiting our harbour this year...even more than in 2013. Nearly all are training ships of one kind or another.

As I said above, my grandfather apprenticed when he was 16. Here is the watercolour he painted of his first ship. He became captain eventually, and then was Harbour Master of Bombay during WWI.


Scene Chaser
07-01-2017, 09:18 AM
Great photos, Lynn. Glad you enjoyed such a wonderful day.

07-01-2017, 09:24 AM
Lynn, it was fun to revisit this thread! These ships are magnificent. You have talent baked into your very genes... beautiful painting from your Grandfather!

07-01-2017, 11:37 AM
Thanks Char and Bill!

07-02-2017, 07:24 AM
Love it Lynn!