Unicorn, Sails and Girls

Nope.  Not the plastic, purple ones with a long, flowing mane.

Tall Ship on the lakeI am talking about this years’ Chicago Tall Ship Show!

There are 14 ships docked at Navy Pier as I write this blog.  Today, August 7, 2013, the boarding and general admission is free.  Beginning tomorrow, admission will be charged for both the general admission and the boarding.  Some of those ships offer 75 and/or 120 minutes cruises on Lake Michigan.

Imagine the joy and beauty of a square-rigged tall ship and you on-board!

Bowsprit of Sørlandet and open sea

Obviously, I have my favorites:

1.  SS Sorlandet from Norway makes it back to Chicago eighty years after her first visit at the 1933 World’s Fair.  Built in 1927, she is a 210-foot Class “A” square-rigged tall ship.  She has 22 sails and 100-foot tall masts making her the largest ship in the show.

2.  Flagship Niagara from USA is the tallest ship in the festival.  Built in 1988, she is one the most historically authentic tall ships in the United States.  She is a reconstruction of the warship aboard which Commander Oliver Hazard Perry won the battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

3.  Unicorn from USA is the only all-female crewed tall ship in the world.  It partners with Sisters Under Sails to provide an empowerment and leadership program for teenage girls and women.

There is still time to go and see those beauties.  See you there this weekend.

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