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Parade of Sails Through Gloucester Inner Harbor

Continuing with ” reruns” while in Mexico, the Parade of Sails is another favorite event. So looking forward to this year’s Schooner Festival!

See original post on GMG, September 2, 2013:

Video: Time Lapse Parade of Sails Through Gloucester Inner Harbor

Video: Time Lapse Parade of Sails Through Gloucester Inner Harbor

The taller ships start appearing around 1:50, but I liked seeing all the smaller boats, too. Look for the Stanley Thomas lobster boat closer to the beginning. After the Parade I walked out onto the rocky ledge near the Eastern Point Lighthouse, but as you can see in the second-to-last clip, a thunderstorm was on the way and I had to skedadle.

Beautiful Event to film-to many of us, Gloucester is our “somewhere over the rainbow.”

Up Close.

Up Close

A Unicorn under repair

The STV UNICORN, High and Dry

A wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn.
— Tibetan proverb

Stv Unicorn

The STV Unicorn from Harbor Loop

The STV Unicorn at Sunset

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The Kalmar Nyckel at the State Fish Pier!

The Kalmar Nyckel is a full‐ scale re‐ creation of the original 17th‐ century ship, whose historic significance rivals that of the Mayflower. The present day Kalmar Nyckel serves as the Delaware region’s floating Academy and Goodwill Ambassador. The ship provides a unique platform for the Foundation’s educational programs, offering the best in recent scholarship and experiential learning. Students get to experience the “Age of Sail” first‐hand during the Kalmar Nyckel’s floating classroom programs, helping to set sails, heave cannons, steer the ship, navigate with 17th‐century instruments, and learn about America’s maritime and colonial history.

The original Kalmar Nyckel was built by the Dutch in or about 1625 as a “Pinnace” – a class of vessels that could operate either as small warships or as armed merchantmen. This was the “Golden Age” of Dutch naval power and seaborne world trade, and the Dutch were the most advanced naval architects and shipbuilders of the 17th century.

photos by Sharon Lowe

Measuring 93 feet on deck and with a sparred length of 141 feet, she was stoutly built and remarkably seaworthy, characteristics that would serve her well throughout her long and remarkable career. Her original armament probably consisted of 12 six‐pounder cast iron cannon, with two smaller swivel guns attached to the quarterdeck rails.

The Kalmar Nyckel was purchased from the Dutch in 1629 by the Swedish cities of Kalmar and Jönköping and given her new name. The name means the “Key of Kalmar,” which derives from the 12th‐century castle that guarded Kalmar harbor, a fortress defense the ship was meant to honor and augment.

The Swedish Empire reached its zenith under King Gustavus II Adolphus (1611‐1632), the greatest war leader of his age, known as the “father of modern warfare,” whose battles are still studied in military schools. Gustavus wanted to enhance Sweden’s position as a Great Power and to secure his recent territorial additions around the Baltic. This would require the building of a navy to match his powerful army.

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