James Clayton Sattel’s RI Summer: Tall Ships in Port
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Jim spent last weekend among the high-masted beauties in harbor and port for the Tall Ships Festival in Newport. Inspired by the bristling of masts along Newport's historic wharves, he shares a collection of those historic views, and contrasts them in places with the more modern elements of Aquidneck maritime life. To see more of or purchase Sattel's distinctive views, go here.
Our local Tall Ship sits gracefully among modern, somewhat hulking, yachts. The original sloop, Providence, was built by John Brown in Providence in 1768. It was later purchased as the first war ship by the Continental Navy and participated in over 60 battles and captured 40 British ships. Her last captain was John Paul Jones who later became the father of the American Navy. This replica was built in 1975 in Portsmouth.
Another local beauty, Aquidneck is a beautiful, traditional, 80 foot gaff-rigged schooner. With her flag blue hull, billowing sails and wood trim, she is a magnificent, elegant vessel whether dockside or under sail. She proves it yet again, as the low light illuminates her lines.
Here, the modern Bowen's Ferry landing is a slender echo of how these wharves teemed in 17th and 18th century Newport. Bowen's Wharf, the Anchor of Newport since 1760, was the vital commercial port of thriving pre-revolutionary Newport Rhode Island. It is still commercially important today, and it plays a huge role in our culture, as you will see when you visit.
Bowdoin & Gazela
Here, Bowdoin (foreground) and Gazela (background) keep company in port. The 1883 Wooden Barkentine Gazela (formerly Gazela Primeiro) was built in 1901 at the shipyard of J. M. Mendes in Setubal, Portugal, for transporting fisherman to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. She is owned by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild and her home port is Penn's Landing.
Bowdoin was originally built for Arctic waters in 1921 and is one of the strongest wooden vessels ever constructed. Commissioned by explorer Donald B. Macmillan to facilitate his work in the high northern latitudes, Bowdoin has made 28 trips above the Arctic Circle. She now belongs to the Maine Maritime Academy.
Sailing ships was complex business, as evidenced by the massive yet complicated rigging of Pride of Baltimore II, another visiting Tall Ship. Pride of Baltimore II is a reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner privateer. She is Maryland’s working symbol of the great natural resources and spectacular beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region, and a reminder of America’s rich maritime heritage.
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