ASTA -Tall Ships In Lake Michigan 2001

Great Lakes Tall Ships Challenge 2001

ASTA plans to bring in up to twenty tall ships to theGreat Lakes as part of the 2001 Great Lakes Tall Ships Challenge.  This is the third time that ASTA has held events in the Great Lakes. The 1998 fleet had a fine assortment of ship types including  Brig, Brigantine ,Ketch,  Schooner, Top sail Schooner,  and Square Top Sail Schooner. 

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Kingston On 6/28-7/2
Port Colborne On 7/5-7/8
Cleveland Ohio  7/11-7-16
Detroit Mi./ 7/18-7/22
Bay City Mi. 7/26-7/30
Muskegon Mi 8/9-8/13
H.M.S. Tecumseh under partial sailThe H.M.S. Tecumseth is a replica of a 19th century war schooner which was built on Lake Erie as part of Britain’s defense unit during the War of 1812. The replica was completed in 1995 and is the flagship of Discovery Harbour Historic Sailing of Penetanguishene, Ontario.

The photos are from the 1998 event

Schooner AMERICA, named for the most famous yacht in racing history, crossed the Atlantic to win the 100 Guinea Cup in Cowes, England in 1857. Today’s successor, Schooner America, was built in Albany, N.Y. in 1995

Sparred Length 139'
Beam 25'
Sail Area  6,400 sq ft.

SchoonerMan photo South Haven Mi. July 98

  • US NIAGARA , Class A, 198', brig, USA
  • CONCORDIA , Class A, 188', barquentine, Bahamas/Canada
  • PRIDE of BALTIMORE, Class A, 170', topsail schooner, USA
  • BLUENOSE II, Class A, 161', topsail schooner, Canada
  • DENIS SULLIVAN, Class B, 134', schooner, US
  • HMS TECUMSETH, Class A-II, 125', topsail schooner, Canada
  • TRUE NORTH, Class B, 118', topsail schooner, Canada
  • FAIR JEANNE , Class A- II, 110', brigantine, Canada
  • BAT'KIVSHCHYNA , Class C, 80', schooner, Ukraine
  • GRAND NELLIE , Class B, 79', schooner, USA
  • INLAND SEAS, Class B, 77', schooner, USA
  • LARINDA , Class B, 76', schooner with Chinese junk lug sails
  • CAPE ROSE, Class C, 73' schooner, USA
  • ST LAWRENCE II , Class A-II, 72' brigantine, Canada
  • ROAD to the ISLES , Class C, 71', schooner, Canada
  • NORFOLK REBEL, in her own class, 62', "tugantine"

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American Sail Training Association

The American Sail Training Association, with headquarters in Newport, Rhode Island, is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to bringing a wealth of opportunities at sea, under sail, to people of all ages and backgrounds, and to coordinating the activities of the whole community of sail training vessels. Sail training is more than learning to sail. On a tall ship you learn from sailing -- from the ship, from the sea, from yourself.

ASTA organizes races and rallies to bring together sail training ships and crewswith communities throughout the US and Canada. Regional sail training events take place each year and draw the interest of tens of thousands of visitors. Tall Ships 2000® will be the largest gathering of tall ships in history as hundreds of vessels from throughout the world will participate in trans-Atlantic and coastal sail training races.

American Sail Training Association
P.O. Box 1459
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 846-1775

The U.S. Brig Niagara, is a reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s relief flagship which was used in a major battle of the War of 1812. Niagara was completed in 1990 and is a reconstruction of one of those vessels. Her mission is to present living history with programs designed to train crew and apprentices. The Niagara is a squared-rigged, two-masted warship originally armed with eighteen carronades and two long guns. On the berthing deck were sleeping quarters for the officers and crew, storerooms, sail bin, and a wood stove. Magazines for shot and gunpowder were stored in the hold below deck. 
  • Sparred Length 198 feet
  • Beam 32 feet
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