Saturday, August 20, 2016

Tall Ships

We sailed on George S. Patton's yacht "When and If."  The vessel was commissioned in 1939 and derives it's name from the General's own hand.  "When the war is over, and if I live through it, Bea and I are going to sail her around the world."  Hence the yacht's strange name "When and If."

The giant rubber duck was in attendance...

All of the ships were tied along the Duluth harbor wharf

Another view of the giant duck

Under way on the When and If as we follow the Pride of Baltimore out of the harbor

Overcast, but no rain.  A great day to be sailing!

What an interesting bit of history.  She's an 80 footer, with a 15ft beam.  Made of mohagany on oak framing.

Out of the harbor with the sails rigged, we chased and overtook the Pride of Baltimore - II

The Pride's answer to being overtaken...  She fired her cannon

As we came back to the wharf, a piper, drummer and a man on the oars came by.  I have no idea who, why or what they were trying to achieve.  Sort of like a Monty Python interlude.
This is the W and I under sail off of Key West.  A beautiful schooner from 1939!

Lots more to post, maybe next week.  I hope you all enjoyed our sail on the When and If.


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