I accompanied my friends, Marge and Neil, and their friend Nancy to Erie this past Thursday afternoon. The purpose of our trip to Erie was to watch the Tall Ships Erie “Parade of Sail”. Thousands of spectators viewed the Parade of Sail from along the Erie bayfront, the North Pier, South Pier and from areas throughout Presque Isle State Park. Marge, Neil, Nancy and I met Marge’s friend, Carol, and Carol’s husband and sister-in-law at the South Pier. The South Pier (indicated by the letter “A” in the map shown below) borders the channel leading into and out of Presque Isle Bay.
Nine majestic tall ships, led by the U.S. Brig Niagara, entered the channel from an assembly point located about two miles northwest of the Presque Isle Bay channel entrance, just off the tip of Presque Isle State Park.
U.S. Brig Niagara / Erie, PA
Lynx / Portsmouth, NH
Pride of Baltimore II / Baltimore, MD
Friends Good Will / South Haven, MI
Hindu / Provincetown, MA and Key West, FL
Unicorn / Bridgeport, CT
Peacemaker / Brunswick, GA
Appledore IV / Bay City, MI
Sorlandet / Kristiansand, Norway
For years I have wanted to see the U.S. Brig Niagara on Lake Erie, with its sails unfurled. The U.S. Brig Niagara and all but one tall ship had their sails unfurled. What a majestic sight it was and what an unforgettable day!