Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ahoy! Tall Ships!


My name is Liz Allen from Norfolk, Nebraska interning here in the offices of Save the Harbor Save the Bay as an Event Planner. I am a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and am very excited to be surrounded by the beautiful beaches and harbor of Boston. The events that Save the Harbor are having this summer are going to be a blast and I am very excited to be a part of the brainwork behind them and to celebrate the harbor.

Me aboard the Provincetown II

Let me tell you a little about one the many first experiences I've had here in the harbor...

This past Saturday I boarded the Provincetown II to view the beautiful harbor and its visiting ships that are celebrating the 1812 war. Even though it was a hot sweltering day the breeze on the water was worth the trip to the harbor. As I boarded the ship I immediately found my prized seat on the top deck that sported lots of views from every direction. A few minutes later the Provincetown II sounded her horn and we were off to our adventure!

The U.S.S. Constitution & the U.S. Coast Guard Eagle
Our first destination was the Charlestown Ship Yard. Docked at the pier was the magnificent U.S.S. Constitution and the U.S. Coast Guard Eagle. Both of these ships were huge and a beautiful sight to see! I really liked the crisp white color of the 295 foot Eagle and the rich history that the Constitution. I am very honored to have seen these ships and I thank the courageous soliders who sail them across the seas to defend our country. 

Once we floated out of the Ship Yard, we found our way over to the Fish Pier where tall ships from around the world were docked. Again I found myself in astonishment of how big these ships actually were and their ornate detail. I also tried to imagine being in Boston in the 1800's and how different the harbor would be. There would be these beautiful ships anchored every where in the harbor and all the men would be wearing wigs.

Tall Ship from Columbia
By the end of the boat ride I had taken lots of pictures and had lots of stories about where these boats came from and what they did. I am very thrilled to say that I was able to see all these tall ships visting the city of Boston, because it is truly a once in a lifetime event. So, if you have not travled on over to the Boston harbor you better get moving, because there are many things to see and do that will have you beaming with pride for your country and harbor. 

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