Halifax is one of the top port cities in the world for Tall Ship gatherings and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has enjoyed a front-row seat for their arrivals. These pages will help you enjoy and learn about these majestic contemporary vessels. The next major gathering of these majestic vessels is set for July 2012, with a Parade of Sail taking place in Halifax on Monday, July 23.
The Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2012 will commence with an impressive ceremony to be held on the wharves behind the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 6:00 pm. The event will also begin a weekend of reenactments which will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Forces personnel, cadet corps personnel, bands and historic re-enactors from Parks Canada will all be present as Brigadier General the Honourable John James Grant, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia officially opens the event.
Throughout the weekend, re-enactors will be stationed along the waterfront and in the Museum courtyard, treating visitors to a glimpse of military life during the War of 1812. Daily activities include demonstrations on press gangs, gun drills, medicine at sea, pipes and drums, costumed interpretation and children’s activities. Please call 424-7491 for daily schedules starting on Thursday, July 19th.
The Tall Ships 2012 Web Site Powered by Waterfront development, this site provides detailed information and images of the ships visiting this year.
Maritime Museum - Tall Ships 2012 Identi-kit Are you looking to identify a tall ship on the water? The Museum's well illustrated "Identikit" sorts out all of the tall ships in three easy steps.
Tall Ships of Atlantic Canada An interactive site at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia exploring tall ship portraits and the Age of Sail with children in mind.
Tall Ships Challenge A fun, interactive site from the CBC for young mariners.
Guide to Sailing Rigs How to tell a brig from a barque, a schooner from a ship.
The Ship William D. Lawrence The Largest Wooden Tall Ship Ever Built in Canada
Sources: Links and Recommended Reading