Ocean State Tall Ships

From July 6th-9th, the pageantry of the Tall Ships® sailed into Newport Harbor for the Ocean State Tall Ships® Festival.

Newport, an official host port for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series, was the site where over 100,000 people toured 13 majestic Tall Ships®, listened to more than a dozen live bands and visited over 60 vendors. Additionally, the festival brought millions of dollars in economic activity to the shops and restaurants of Newport.

For the first time, attendees were able to fully experience sailing on a tall ship by purchasing tickets for the day or evening sails, or by purchasing tickets to sail on a tall ship during the Parade of Sail.

Many people viewed the magnificent vessels during the Parade of Sail from the shore, and some enjoyed the event from the best vantage point at Fort Adams with a catered brunch.

This year, our country has been celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812, and the Ocean State Tall Ships® Festival 2012 was an excellent way to honor this historical milestone.

About Ocean State Tall Ships

July 6-9th, Newport, Rhode Island In July of 2012, the pageantry of the tall ships will sail into Newport Harbor once again for the Ocean State Tall Ships® Festival. As an official host port for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series on the Atlantic Coast, the event promises to bring hundreds of thousands of spectators and visitors to Newport, Rhode Island.

The scenic and historic waterfront of Newport is the idyllic setting to observe the splendor of the tall ships, and families delight in the majesty of the Parade of Sail through Newport Harbor and the tarifs postaux. This event will also feature exhibits, food, music and family entertainment. Children especially enjoy boarding these remarkable vessels, and the opportunity to meet international crew members provides all visitors with insight into the many unique cultures that have helped to shape the past and future of sailing.

As Governor of the State of Rhode Island, I am proud that Newport will be an official host port for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series on the Atlantic Coast in the summer of 2012. 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a defining event in the national history of the United States and Canada, and our citizens are excited to commemorate this important bicentennial.

A sail through history for the whole family What better way to celebrate Rhode Island’s rich maritime history than with the spectacle of the tall ships. This year, our country will celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Ocean State Tall Ships® Festival is an excellent way to honor this historical milestone.

The Ocean State Tall Ships® Festival 2012 promises to be a great economic generator for Newport County and the entire State of Rhode Island. The magnificence of the tall ships, set against the backdrop of the picturesque shores of Newport, will showcase our state and instill pride in our citizens.

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Tall Ships America

Founded in 1973, Tall Ships America® was created to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public and support education under sail. Today, over 200 sailing vessels are members of Tall Ships America®, and it continues to act as the hub for tall ship expertise, information and activity.

Tall Ships America® launched the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series in 2001, an annual series of Tall Ships® races and maritime port festivals that informs the general public about tall ships, our maritime heritage and the incredible power of sail training to change lives. Ocean State Tall Ships® brings both a vibrant history and educational opportunities to all Rhode Islanders.

War of 1812

Why Commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial?

From 2012 to 2015, the United States Navy and its partners will commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of our National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.

It is remarkable that 200 years ago, the first declared war in our nation’s history was fought against the two nations, which have become our closest allies. Many things change in 200 years, but what doesn’t change is the importance of sea power in the affairs of maritime nations.

Since its birth in 1776, the United States has always been a maritime nation, which means that unobstructed access to and free use of the world’s oceans are essential to our national welfare and prosperity. That’s what the United States went to war in 1812 to defend, and that is what the United States Navy has been protecting ever since.

Why is keeping the seas free so important? Here are a few facts about the world:

That’s the world America lives in today. Looking at those numbers, one begins to understand the immense importance of ensuring the freedom of the oceans with capable and effective sea services.

Since America’s Navy began with only six frigates, American sea power has been essential to countering threats, winning wars and furthering the interests of peace and prosperity worldwide. Today one of those first six frigates that 200 years ago fought in the War of 1812, the USS Constitution, is still a commissioned ship in the United States Navy.

Ultimately, the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is a salute to all of our Sailors and Marines who fought so gallantly against great odds in that conflict, in all of our nation’s conflicts between then and now, and those who are today defending freedom around the world – from the mountains of Afghanistan to the coasts of Africa to the Straits of Hormuz – and standing ready to provide compassionate humanitarian aid from Haiti to Japan to wherever catastrophe strikes.

The Navy and Marine Corps and Coast Guard are what they are because of the quality of the people that served over the last 200 years, and the tens of thousands of Sailors and Marines now making sacrifices every day, something that America can be very grateful has not changed over the past 200 years.

If America remembers the lessons of the naval war of 1812, lessons paid for with the lives of Sailors and Marines, then America can be confident that the nation will always answer Francis Scott Key’s question in the affirmative:

“Oh, say does that that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?”

Naval Station Newport

Educational Opportunities Offered During the Festival With the Navy deep into the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Naval Station Newport enthusiastically jumped on board with the Ocean State Tall Ships® to inform the community about the story of this historic war and educate people regarding the Maritime services in Rhode Island.

Not only will volunteers from Naval Station Newport be helping during the event, but they will also be providing each of the ships with a uniformed service member to serve as the Ship’s Liaison, assisting the ship with any challenges they may face while in port.

The Naval War College Museum is organizing static displays to post at various venues throughout Newport and at the waterfront that will educate visitors on U.S. Naval History, War of 1812 events and current information on Naval Station Newport and the mission of today’s Global Force for Good.

Throughout the week, Naval Station Newport will be providing educational opportunities through presentations made by military personnel ranging from knot tying exhibits to flag folding ceremonies. Navy Band Northeast will kick off the educational opportunities and include remarks by Capt. Douglas W. Mikatarian, Commanding Officer of Naval Station Newport.

During the Tall Ships Parade of Sail, Navy personnel invite the general public on board Dewey Field where the event will feature concerts by Wayz & Means as well as the Navy Band Northeast.

Naval Station Newport is home to 53 separate commands, including Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S. Army Reserves. They have a significant economic and cultural impact on Rhode Island and Aquidneck Island.


We are excited to announce the following vessels that will be participating in our Festival July 6-9th. More will be announced in the coming weeks so check back soon.

HMS Bounty

Known for the storied mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel, the current Bounty is one of the largest and most famous tall ships in the world with 18 sails and over 180 feet long. Built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty,” the HMS Bounty has appeared in many documentaries and featured films. This storied vessel is a vehicle for teaching the nearly lost arts of square-rigged sailing and seamanship.

The HMS Bounty offers various sail-training opportunities for teenagers to learn life lessons aboard the Bounty including a 6-week-long summer camp as well as a cadet program for teens who demonstrate the desire to work hard and complete the rigorous home study course. The Bounty also offers corporate sail training where business professionals can learn skills applicable to the business world.

Mystic Whaler

The Mystic Whaler is a reproduction of a late 19th century coastal cargo schooner designed for the passenger trade by Chubb Crockett of Camden, Maine. She was built in 1967 in Tarpon Springs, Florida and was rebuilt in 1993 in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Mystic Whaler’s warm interior features Italian oak floors, fir wainscoting with mahogany accents, and modern amenities. The schooner meets or exceeds all Coast Guard standards for safety with an auxiliary diesel engine and generator and a full array of navigational equipment.

The schooner’s cruises allow children over the age of 5 to learn first hand how to raise sail to a sea chant and experience the thrill of turning the ships wooden wheel.


Originally built in 1947 as a motor fishing vessel, the Unicorn was converted into a sailing ship and renamed Eenhoorn or “one horn,” Dutch for unicorn, in 1979. She has sailed through the Mediterranean, West Indies, Caribbean and Spanish coasts as a treasure seeker. In 1995 the vessel became a member of the American Sail Training Association.

In 1999, Dawn and Jonathan (Jay) Santamaria of New Jersey bought the schooner, and in 2003, completed a bow to stern refit. She is now sailed by an all-female crew.

The current owners of the Unicorn create the leadership program, Sisters-Under-Sail, in 2005. The program is designed exclusively for teenage girls and the goal of the program is to take girls’ shipboard experience at sea and connect it to real-life lessons, making good choices and how those choices pay off in the end.

Since the inception of Sister-Under-Sail, 400 girls from all over the country and Canada have been put aboard the Unicorn. Sister-Under-Sail enroll all types of girls as well as serves under-represented teens who are making good choices, but need and deserve leadership opportunities and support.

Picton Castle

First built as a fishing trawler in Wales, the Picton Castle has worked as a minesweeper during WWII and a freighter in the north and Baltic seas. The Picton Castle was later converted into a square-rigged barque by Capt. Moreland, and acted as a schoolroom while serving as flagship for OCEAN98 and the South Pacific Region Environment Program distributing school supplies throughout the South Pacific.

The barque is 179 feet overall, with clear oiled-pine decks, steel masts, and wooden and steel yards and 12,450 square feet of canvas sail. The galley is on deck, and it features an 1893 cook stove similar to those used on commercial sailing ships 100 years ago.

The Picton Castle continues to carry supplies and educational materials to far away islands in the South Pacific, but the ship’s main mission is deep-ocean sail training and long-distance education. Sail trainees participate fully in the ship’s operation as well as in training classes in seamanship and navigation.

The Lynx

The Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812. It was among the first ships to defend American freedom by evading the British naval fleet, and blockading American ports and serving in the important privateering efforts.

The Lynx that will be available for visitors in Newport this summer was built in 2001 in Rockport, Maine. It was the first square-rigged vessel built in Maine since 1885.

While many modern amenities have been added to the ship, the ambiance aboard still resembles a historic 1812 Baltimore clipper schooner.

To enhance the historic experience for visitors, the permanent crew of the Lynx wears uniforms and operates the ship similarly to the maritime traditions of early 19th Century America.

The Lynx offers a complete syllabus that seamlessly introduces the Lynx program into existing 5th and 8th grade American history courses.

The Lynx curriculum combines traditional maritime instruction with modern educational requirements. It offers teachers a way to teach by example and focus student attention.

The Gazela

The 177-foot barkentine, Gazela, was built in Portugal, and her records date back to 1901. It was originally built to carry fishermen to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

The Gazela has sailed up and down the east coast for the Maritime Museum and the Penn’s Landing Corporation during which it had extensive maintenance and repairs. In 1990, the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild assumed ownership and continues to this day.

The Gazela has a strong volunteer program, and is the good-will ambassador for the international seaport of Philadelphia.

The barkentine has extended its range of activities to include a movie career with parts in “Interview with the Vampire,” starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt;

the PBS documentary, “The Irish in America: The Long Journey Home” and “La Veuve de St. Pierre,” a French film released in Paris.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life was first launched in 1991 by Covey Island Boatworks, and built in Nova Scotia, Canada. With its 4,800 square feet of sail, and room to sleep 12, this beautiful schooner has a paneled interior of koa and teak. The Tree of Life has circumnavigated the globe and now sails up and down the New England coast from its home port of Newport, RI.

The crew of the ship conducts sail training for volunteers and trainees, both young and old, and provides them with sea education in marine science and maritime history.

The Pride of Baltimore II

Pride of Baltimore II is a reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner privateer. These vessels were called Baltimore Clippers, and aided in the winning of the

War of 1812.

Berthed in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, the privateer is Maryland’s working symbol of the great natural resources and spectacular beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region.

The Pride II weighs in at 185.5 long tons, and measures 157 feet long. Its keel and all the other framing and planking materials were shaped out of Central American hardwoods from Belize. Pride of Baltimore II was hoisted aloft and launched from its Inner Harbor birthplace on April 30, 1988. Since then The Pride II has sailed over 20,000 miles, and visited over 200 ports in 40 countries in North, South and Central America, Europe and Asia.

Pride of Baltimore II’s mission is to educate the public on U.S. maritime history and Maryland commerce opportunities aboard the worlds most traveled historic ship.

The Providence

This 110 -foot fully rigged sailing vessel is the faithful replica of the first commissioned ship into the Continental Navy, and John Paul Jones’ first command. The replica was built in 1975 in Portsmouth, RI for the bicentennial of 1976.

During its Naval career, The Providence sank or captured 40 British enemy ships. The Providence is the official flagship and tall ship ambassador for the state of Rhode Island, and has won the “Best Dressed Vessel” award from the Sailing Ambassador.

Berthed in Providence, RI, today it participates in tall ships events, sail training, educational programs, movies and special events.


The Summerwind was originally built in 1929 under the name of Queen Tyi for a Wall Street banker, but was lost when the market crashed. The vessel was launched from the yard of Lyman-Morse in Thomastown,

Maine. Renamed the Sea Gypsy, the vessel served as part of the Costal Picket Patrol during World War II. The original ship was a classic gaff rig, and was converted to a staysail schooner when it began chartering the Mediterranean. Purchased in 2006 while in Spain, the ship was transported to Palm Beach, Florida where it underwent major restorations. The sail of the ship was once again updated to make it a champion racer.

The entire ship was replanked, each individual structural element was evaluated and restored and the engineering systems were redesigned. The ship was then given its current name Summerwind.

The Summerind was donated in 2009 to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. There, the vessel is a tool for sail training, and is used to teach Midshipmen how to maintain a high performance classic yacht. The Summerwind travels the East Coast as the Academy’s flagship and ambassador.

The Sir Martin II

The Sir Martin II is a custom crafted Tall Ship, built in Holland to German Naval Standards in 1978. This 100 ton Gaff-rigged vessel was originally used as a sail training ship for the German Navy, but has since been converted to a private yacht.

With safety equipment that exceeds US Coast Guard Standards, Sir Martin II is 97 feet long from fantail to bowsprit and 85 feet long on the deck. This beautiful Tall Ship offers only the highest standards of seamanship and hospitality due to its professional and experienced crew. The interior of Sir Martin II is spacious and beautifully finished, and boasts uncluttered teak decks.

The Peacemaker

An Italian family of boat builders, who used traditional methods and the finest tropical hardwoods, built the Peacemaker, a 150-foot barquentine rig, in southern Brazil. The ship was first launched in 1989 as the Avany, and found by its current owners in 2000 in the Palmer-Johnson boatyard in Savannah, Georgia. Now calling Brunswick, Georgia its home port, the Peacemaker has undergone a rigorous upgrade in mechanical and electrical features, as well as a practical and aesthetically pleasing redesign.

This magnificent ship set sail for the first time since its upgrade in 2007, with the name Peacemaker and under the direction of Wayne Chimenti, an expert rigger of tall ships. The vision of the ship, and the reason for its name, is to bring people into peace with their Creator and one another, as well as provide apprenticeship opportunities for youth to learn valuable life-long lessons and practical skills.

The Lark

The Lark is a gaff-rigged cutter built in 1932 by F.D. Lawley for John Alden. She was designed as a day sailer for the Forbes family and was kept in Hadley Harbor at Naushon Island in Vineyard Sound.

The Bowdoin

The schooner Bowdoin is the flaghip of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) sail training fleet, and the official sailing vessel of the state of Maine. Built in 1921 for exploring the Arctic waters, she is one of the strongest wooden vessels ever constructed. Between 1921 and 1954 she made 26 voyages above the Arctic Circle under the command of explorer Donald B. MacMillian. Today, Bowdoin serves the students of MMA, the state of Maine, and New England. She is the flagship of MMA’s Sail Training Curriculum in which students learn to sail and manage traditional and modern sailing vessels. Bowdoin’s sailing grounds include New England, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Greenland. Training afloat is performed on the Academy’s fleet of over 100 vessels, including a 500-foot training ship, a 35-foot schooner, a Tugboat, 5 Colgate 26′s, and numerous other sailing and power vessels from 15 to 50 feet.