Tall Ships 2010 | Commercial Fish Pier

The Tall Ships HMS Bounty & Privateer Lynx are in Portsmouth for the weekend, docked at the Commercial Fish Pier.  I love the old world look for the vessels in the shot above, I can imagine the scene looking exactly like this 200 years ago. Below is a shot of the Commercial Fish Pier before the arrival of the tall ships…interesting to see the juxtaposition of the old & new.

From the Piscataqua Maritime Commission’s website:

“This year we will welcome the tall ship HMS Bounty.  HMS Bounty was built in 1960 specifically for the movie “Mutiny On The Bounty” starring Marlon Brando. She is a historic replica of the original Bounty that took Captain Bligh and Lieutenant Christian halfway around the world to Tahiti, followed by Christian and some of the …crew staging the famous mutiny on the way back. Bounty is a 180 foot “fully rigged ship”, meaning a classic sailing vessel with three masts and all square sails. She carries up to 18 sails totaling 10,000 feet of canvas, and is armed with four 4-pound cannon.  Get more information on the HMS Bounty at http://www.tallshipbounty.org.

We also will welcome the tall ship “America’s Privateer” Lynx.  At the start of the War of 1812 America had only a 17 ship Navy, so private vessels were granted  “letters of marque” to prey on enemy shipping as privateers.  The original Lynx, a Square Topsail Schooner built in 1812 with four 6-pounder cannon and sharply raked masts, was designed for speed to avoid the British fleet blockading American ports.  Get more information on the Lynx at http://www.privateerlynx.com.”

Tall Ships Arrive in Portsmouth 2010

The tall ships Lynx and the Bounty arrived a day early to their destination at the Commercial Fish Pier in the South End of Portsmouth.  On Thursday afternoon, the two tall ships that are visiting this year arrived ahead of schedule and sat docked at their new location at the commercial fish pier….they usually dock at the State Pier closer to the Middle Bridge (due to schedule conflicts this year, they are trying a new spot in the historic South End).  THE BOAT PARADE WILL BE AT 1PM ON FRIDAY MAY 28th!!

The ships looked beautiful docked at the pier – and made me realize how many commercial fishing vessels typically sit docked, and how large they actually are.  The tall ships, while huge, seem to leave a reasonable amount of empty dock space…which usually looks pretty full while the fishing boats are docked.

If you have a chance over the weekend, be sure to stroll through Prescott Park towards Peirce Island to check out the traditional sailing crafts.  I’d love to get out on one for a sail!