Italian Tall Ship Amerigo Vespucci entering Halifax Harbour. In 1962, the USS Independence signalled the Amerigo Vespucci “Who are you?” The ship answered, “Training ship Amerigo Vespucci, Italian Navy.” The US ship replied “You are the most beautiful ship in the world.”

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Italian Navy Training Tall Ship Amerigo Vespucci has a crew of 450 men. She has an overall length of 331’ and a breadth of 51’. She has a draught of 23’ and displaces 4,160 tons. Two diesel generators drive her single electric motor. She can reach a speed of 10 knots under power and 12 knots under sail in heavy conditions.

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Chilean Navy barquentine Esmeralda lies at anchor in Halifax Harbour. Built in Spain, she was delivered to Chile in May of 1953 as a 4 masted schooner. Her rig was later changed to barquentine in the 1970’s. Her sister ship is the Spanish naval training vessel Juan Sebastian de Elcano which has also visited Halifax.

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Under the Bows – Chebucto Pilot. The 1,052’ German container vessel Ningbo Express is carefully guided out of Halifax Harbour by a harbour pilot on her bridge. The pilot will be picked up by the Chebucto Pilot once the ship has reached the “pilot station” at the mouth of the harbour.

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Prospector, a Mills 68, downrigs after completing the 360 mile Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race. She finished in quick time breaking all previous records. Prospector is owned by a group out of Shelter Island, New York and regularly competes in ocean races around the world.

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Gulden Leeuw (Golden Lion) arriving at her home port of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She’s a training vessel run by Class Afloat offering “A unique experiential education programme for high school, university and gap year students as they sail the world aboard this majestic tall ship”.

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Standing Alone on Anthem of the Seas as she leaves Halifax Harbour. She is a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that regularly calls on Halifax. Anthem holds the Guiness Record for highest viewing deck on a cruise ship and boasts a sky diving area.

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Harry Anderson’s Boathouse – Maskell’s Harbour, Bras d’Or Lakes. Harry, now 95, is a member of the US National Sailing Hall of Fame, former Chairman of the America’s Cup Race, and former Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. Maskell’s Harbour is the site of the founding of the Cruising Club of America.

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Deviation, a J120 skippered by Stu McCrae of the RNSYS, crosses the finish line of the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race winning the Minot-MacAskill Trophy along with two other squadron boats, Airborne IV, skippered by William Greenwood III and Wandrian, skippered by Bill Tucker.

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Jockeying at the Line. Felina and Annie II jockey for start positions at the 2017 Nonsuch Rendezvous in Mahone Bay. In 2018 the International Nonsuch Association Rendezvous will be held for the first time in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.

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A Fine Little Sloop sits at the wharf off The Dory Shop in Lunenburg Nova Scotia. She’s typical of small boats found in the harbour. They can often be seen racing on Wednesday evenings.

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Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess sits at Pier 21 in Halifax Harbour. She is just one of the many cruise ships that call on Halifax each summer and fall.

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Lowering the Chilean Flag. One of four flags that fly from the four topmasts of the Chilean Tall Ship Esmeralda. A flag ceremony is held every morning and evening while in port.

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Fuel Tanks – Stormy Weather. Fuels tanks sit on a marina at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron waiting to be filled for the return trip to the US after Stormy Weather (right) completed the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race.

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