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Category: Tall Ships 2008


A reverse Parade of Sail?

Several readers have called or e-mailed to winder if there was a "reverse Parade of Sail," when all the ships would be leaving Tacoma.

The answer is a definite maybe.

Most are scheduled to leave between 6-8 a.m. Some are leaving later. Others have already left or are staying around a while.

Here’s a breakdown of what ship is leaving and when:

About 4:45 a.m.:

�–� Oriole

Between 6-8 a.m.:

�–� Kaisei

�–� Bounty

�–� Merrie Ellen

�–� Nina

�–� Adventuress

�–� Mycia

�–� Lavengro

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A landing under friendlier circumstances

The rocky shore of the Thea Foss Waterway isn’t exactly Omaha Beach, but that didn’t stop 47-year-old Lon Hudson from dreaming a little bit.

"I’ll admit it: I was kind of thinking it was like Normandy when we were getting off," the DuPont resident said after departing from an LCM-8 landing craft.

But the boat, usually called a Mike Boat, has its roots in the Vietnam War, not World War II. The 175th Transportation Company was offering rides on the 74-foot landing crafts as part of a goodwill gesture, said Sgt. Randy Ichiyama.

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Five days, one canoe, boatloads of interest

Amid tribal songs and a cheering crowd, Takirirangi Smith launched a 20-foot canoe into the Thea Foss Waterway. He paddled the cedar craft adorned with Maori carvings with apparent ease.

Not bad considering the canoe was still a log on Thursday.

Smith spent the past five days carving the craft outside the Foss Waterway Seaport building, and the Maori man’s labors became a popular attraction for those passing by or waiting in line to board the Class A ships.

And if festival visitors enjoyed watching Smith carve the canoe, just wait three years.

Tom Cashman, the executive director of the Foss Waterway Seaport, plans on bringing a celebration of canoes to the area in 2011. Twenty-four Pacific cultures, like Tonga, Fiji, Hawaii and Japan, will be represented.

"The canoes will tell the story of those cultures," Cashman said. "And we see Takirirangi’s work as a way of introducing the concept of that event."

Shortly before it entered the water, Smith circled the craft and blessed it in Maori. He also thanked those who helped with the carving of the canoe. And then Medicine Creek tribal members offered a blessing and gave ceremonial permission for the canoe to enter the water.

"This is historically their waterway," said John Smith, a Skokomish tribal member who helped Takirirangi Smith carve the canoe. "So we asked their permission in a respectful way,

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The Eagle has departed

Hundreds gathered on the docks of the Thea Foss Waterway to bid farewell to the U.S. Coast Guard Eagle, the 266-foot three-masted barque that became the centerpiece attraction of Tall Ships Tacoma 2008.

As the ship pulled away, festival attendees clapped and waved good-bye. Several coasties aboard waved back.

"It was so amazing to see that ship," Puyallup’s Lana Daniels said. "I’ll miss it. Let’s just hope it’s back next time around."


Success for Canadian Navy’s representative

HMCA OrioleThe crew of the HMCA Oriole has a different mission during Tall Ships Tacoma 2008.

"We’re part of the Canadian Navy," Master Seaman Don Read explained, "so we’re here for public relations. We don’t do the sailings because we’re funded by the government. So we can spend as much time as possible with people who want to board."

The 102-foot marconi-rigged ketch played host to thousands of visitors and a host of events, Read said. About 1,850 people boarded the ship on Sunday, and about 1,500 toured it Saturday.

And the

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Museum sees record turnout

I’m asking an array of people if they thought this year’s festival was a success.

First up was Tom Cashman, the executive director of the Foss Waterway Seaport. The organization’s museum was free during the event, and it saw record attendance: more than 15,000 people on Friday, about 10,000 each on Saturday and Sunday and likely a little less today.

"Clearly, the scale of this is tremendous," Cashman said. "We’re extremely, extremely happy."


An ode to Tall Ships

From Rod Koon, the directior of communications at the Port of Tacoma and a Tall Ships volunteer:

An ode to Tall Ships® Volunteers

Sung to the tune: Pay Me My Money Down

We need lots of folks to lend a hand

Tall Ships are Coming ‘Round

To make a Fest that will be grand

Tall Ships are Coming ‘Round

They last came here in 2005

Tall Ships are Coming ‘Round

And they made our city really come alive

Tall Ships are Coming ‘Round


Tall Ships,

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