Tall Ships 2012, Day 2 highlights: Halifax Waterfront

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I’m having so much fun at Tall Ships 2012, it’s probably not fair. Day 2, Friday, July 20 was chockablock with adventures on land and sea, and the food. So much good food.

First up, Day 2’s events have solidified the notion that I must add a tall ship adventure to my travel priorities list. I overheard a conversation where one of the crew was telling a guest why the love travelling by tall ship, “When you arrive by plane, no one notices you’ve arrived. But when you arrive on a ship…”

Tall Ships 2012 halifax nova scotia waterfront

A note of caution: watch out for pirates!

Tall Ships 2012 halifax nova scotia pirates

Also, follow all strongly worded warnings about explosives.

Tall Ships 2012

I spent a lot of today on the ships (and eating). Furthering my Klout-renowned expertise in unicorns, I found another to add to my collection on the all-female-crewed training vessel, the Unicorn.

Tall Ships 2012 halifax nova scotia unicorn

Some of the ships let you go below deck to see common areas and crew living quarters. Funny thing, there’s not a tremendous difference between the galley kitchen on the Roseway and the one in my place. One big difference, the Roseway has a skylight which is also used for storing watermelons.

Tall Ships 2012

Tall Ships 2012

Parks Canada’s commemoration of the War of 1812 continues with lots of fun for kids (and short adults). First stop, fresh 1812-style ink.

Tall Ships 2012

Tested out 1812-style masks.

Tall Ships 2012 Halifax Parks Canada War of 1812 pavilion

And wore a wool uniform in the middle of the hottest Nova Scotia July in my lifetime.

Tall Ships 2012

Then, a pipes and drums band put on a short concert.

Tall Ships 2012

Tall Ships 2012

One of my favourite discoveries of the day was learning Halifax Regional Police was patrolling Halifax Harbour on Sea-Doos. I can’t top my original Tweet about it, so I’m just going to go ahead and plagiarize myself. “Did you know @HfxRegPolice is patrolling by Sea-Doo? Boss move, 5-0.” The very cool HRP officers who patrol their social media channels validated me by laughing, so I’m just going to keep making Hawaii/Halifax 5-0 jokes.

Tall Ships 2012

The Gazela was a lovely old ship with a fascinating history. Her original Portuguese owners installed Portuguese navigational equipment, which remains in place today.

Tall Ships 2012

The biggest ship joining us for Tall Ships this year is the US Coast Guard training vessel Eagle. I happened by just as she was arriving in port.

Tall Ships 2012

What did you say your name was again?

Tall Ships 2012

Just another day at the office on board the Bounty. I really liked the well-dressed lady figurehead, which I shot from every conceivable angle.

Tall Ships 2012

The Peacemaker was fascinating. Relatively spacious by ship standards. Crew make stoneware pottery on board, selling the mugs and bowls to finance the operation of the ship.

Tall Ships 2012

The Picton Castle, which makes her home in Lunenburg when she’s not exploring the South Pacific, had a lot of fun things on board. Like this literal banana hammock.

Tall Ships 2012 halifax nova scotia picton castle

Tall Ships 2012 halifax nova scotia picton castle

Tall Ships 2012 halifax nova scotia picton castle

The opinion presented within this post is my own, and I would like to thank the Waterfront Development Corporation Limited  for inviting me to participate in Tall Ships 2012 and providing a media pass for the event. Any time I receive a discount or complimentary service in my capacity as a travel blogger, I disclose it. 

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  1. Once again you thrill me with your ‘travels’..we hope to be in Halifax on Friday..I shall keep an eye out for you…in the meantime…I know you are enjoying yourself…Much Love Auntie


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