Time To See Tall Ships Before They Depart

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Tall Ships in Boston Harbor leave on Thursday. You still have two days left to enjoy them.

Originally Published Jun 19, 2017 , by Bryant Jones

It’s not too late to visit the historic tall ships in Boston harbor. They don’t depart until Thursday morning. If you aren’t already familiar with their special visit to Boston Harbor, you don’t want to miss this first visit back in seventeen years.

We went and saw the ships on Sunday and two of the ships that impressed us the most were, pictured from left to right: The Spanish tall ship El Galeón that is a replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon and The Europa is a steel-hulled barque registered in the Netherlands. Originally it was a German lightship and it often sails to Antarctica.

Here’s what we learned from our tall ship tour:

1) A great way to view the tall ships is from the water. There are many choices of smaller tall ships offering passengers a great view of the tall ships. The Schooner Thomas E. Lannon is one such passenger ship you can sail the harbor on for $60 for a two hour cruise. To reserve call: (978) 281-6634 or visit their site at: http://schooner.org/. Another is the Liberty fleet of tall ships that you can reach at: 617-742-0333 or by visiting their site: http://www.libertyfleet.com/. We paid $50 for a two hour cruise on the Pirate Ship Formidable and highly recommend it. To reserve call (617) 542-8000 or visit: http://www.pirateshipformidabl…

2) One of the best ways to experience the tall ships is by climbing aboard. But some of the lines are excruciatingly long. We saved boats with the longest lines (at Fan Pier) for the 6pm – 8pm time when the lines were much shorter.

3) Eating at the Boston Harbor is a must during your tall ship tour. We found the most reasonably priced restaurants near Fan Pier and a little off the beaten path. Our choice was Yankee Lobster.

4) There are several spots with live music that made our day enjoyable.

5) If you’re time is very limited and you’ve already seen the USS Constitution in the past, you won’t be missing as much if you skip the Charlestown boats and head to Long Warf, Rowes Warf, and Fan Pier.

For the last two days of Tuesday and Wednesday, here’s the schedule directly from the Sail Boston site:

Crew and Cadet Soccer Tournament

Tuesday, June 20 | 10:00 AM – 2:30 PMMoakley Park
Crews and cadets of the Tall Ships will participate in a friendly competition in a soccer tournament at Moakley Park. We welcome you to come cheer on the competing crews from the sidelines!

Crew and Cadet Soccer Tournament

Tuesday, June 20 | 10:00 AM – 2:30 PMMoakley Park
Crews and cadets of the Tall Ships will participate in a friendly competition in a soccer tournament at Moakley Park. We welcome you to come cheer on the competing crews from the sidelines!

Sunset Salute

Tuesday, June 20 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Charlestown Navy Yard
Come see the Tall Ships and enjoy a night of musical and military entertainment.
PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE: Constitution Color Guard, Irish American Police Officers Association Pipes & Drums, William Diamond Jr. Fife & Drum

Tug of War

Wednesday, June 21 | Noon South Boston Maritime Park

Sunset Salute

Wednesday, June 21 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Fan Pier
Come see the Tall Ships and enjoy a night of musical and military entertainment.
PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

Chilean Band
Dan Clark the Singing Trooper
Lynn English ROTC
Middlesex County Volunteers Fife & Drum
Sweet Harmony
U.S. Coast Guard Drill TeamWheelhouse Rodeo

Tall Ships Depart

Thursday morning, June 22
The Tall Ships depart Boston Harbor. The majority of the Tall Ships will continue on the next leg of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta to Canada.

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