Monday, August 10, 2009

Spirit of Massachusetts in full sail



This is the second tall ship to come into Portsmouth Harbor. No big fanfare as it was running a bit late. Though not as elaborate as it's predecessor, the USCG Eagle, it's a beauty all the same.



As they came around the corner where the sun was the brightest it gave this glorious glow, almost as if it were a sunset with the water sparkling like diamonds



The sails must be quite old since they have mold, and a few repairs






Receiving an escort



A wonderful sailboat with flags from around the world to close things out

24 comments:

MaggieGem said...

Thanks for the tour of the Tall Ships, I feel like I was there!

I love the one in the bright light.

Chatelaine said...

Great Tall Shup photos. I missed them when they came to Boston this year.

Nice to view them without the crowds.

Steve B said...

That is the Spirit of Massachusetts.

A New England Life said...

Thanks Steve!

Elaine, Actually the crowds weren't nearly what I thought they would be, at least not where I was.

Thank you for stopping by MaggieGem!

Kerri said...

Beautiful shots Sharon!

hulagirlatheart said...

I could watch boats for hours. I am simply drawn to the sea and its adornments.

Tutta la Storia said...

Really fabulous photos, Sharon. The last sailboat reminds me of a sailboat that is on Lake Winnepesaukee!

Musings of a Sea Witch said...

So enjoying your photos. There is nothing like watching ships come into a harbour and pass through your vantage point. They are like watching a parade, you can't help by smile and want to wave at those on board. Sea Witch

Cindy said...

Great shots Sharon, I love your desrciption of the second one..."almost as if it were a sunset with the water sparkling like diamonds." My first thought before reading it was, Oh at sunset.

Nice

The Retired One said...

Very cool ship!
Now you have to find a way to hitch a ride and photograph the inside for us!
C'Mon, you can charm your way into it.
Go down to the docks, tell them you are a fabulous photographer and want to take some photos of it. They are probably all men...you can woo them into doing it.
Go. girl.

Laura said...

Fun to see these awesome ships, Sharon!

MaineBirder said...

Beautiful, just like a postcard!

I love the ships of old, the legends of the seas.

Jay Albert said...

Great shots once again Sharon! You are getting a nautical eye.

Cindy said...

Fantastic!! I love them, especially the second photo. I wish I had been there.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I always look forward to seeing your photos - Thanks for sharing with us.
Apparently others are having the same problems on blogger that I am.The list of blogs I follow (list on the profile page), Reader list (list on dashboard), and the list on Reader have all disappeared. Could not find any current info. in the Help sections.
Have a great day.
Glenda

Shelley said...

This would be so glorious to be there to see in person! Loved these photos - I hope to make it to the east coast one day!!!

hip chick said...

Beautiful and majestic

dAwN said...

That must have been a blast to watch! Great shots Sharon!

Riet said...

Beautiful pictures of such a grand boat.

Snappy Finger said...

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Have a great day!
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Phyllis said...

A beautiful site to behold!

About the goose thing - it pissed me off so badly that I had to jerk him up! I couldn't get the sucker off my arm and was shocked. He hasn't tried it since but give him time...

dog trot farm said...

Great post and wonderful photos. I think we are finally going to enjoy some summer weather! Yipee

Eve said...

I'm glad the weather was perfect for this event Sharon. You did a wonderful job of posting and photographing!

Judy said...

Sailboats are always so graceful!! Especially the big ones like that.
A boss who is heavily into sailing (the little ones) said that they have to change the sails regularly, because of the salt and other debris that becomes part of the sail. On a racing boat, they change them every year, to keep every weight advantage that they can.