2019 Tall Ship Celebration fleet announced

BAY CITY (WJRT) - (02/08/19) - An announcement by Bay Sail about the 2019 Tall Ship Celebration will have you dreaming about warmer days.

The maritime festival is returning to Bay City for a seventh time. It runs July 18-21.

There are two new tall ships to join a well-loved list of returning vessels.

Bay Sail Executive Director Shirley Roberts, who also serves as event coordinator for the Tall Ship Celebration, expects Bluenose II to be a popular attraction.

"Bluenose II for example hasn't been here since 2001. You'll find her imagine on the back of the Canadian dime. She just completed, within the last two years, a six-year long $20 million plus retrofit," Roberts explained.

Roberts said Picton Castle will also be on the top of many visitor's lists.

The two new ships are the Santa Maria and Perception.

Other ships you might recognize from past festivals include Pride of Baltimore II and Madeline, which have docked in Bay City for every festival. They'll be joined by the St. Lawrence II, Denis Sullivan, and the Niagara.

Those nine visiting tall ships join the Appledore IV and Appledore V which call Bay City home.

In 2016 the Tall Ship Celebration brought roughly 103,000 people to town to tour the ships, learn their history and create their own memories.

Roberts said these beauties are captivating. "Not only are they lovely to look at, but the history of seafaring just evokes so many romantic feelings in people. You know the idea of, 'I'm going to chuck it all and go to sea, be out in this wonderful nature' is just magnetic for people. People just love to be around them," she said.

For a complete description of each ship click on the 'Related Link' with with story.

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