The arrival of the tall ship Lynx, an annual harbinger of spring crusing season in Annapolis, has been upgraded from a festive weekend to a pageant.
The Annapolis Up Rigging Festival celebrates the schooner’s May go to and provides visits from the Pride of Baltimore II, two smaller schooners and a sloop, all accessible without cost excursions, in addition to music, maritime artwork and actions for youths. Organizers describe the pageant as “an inaugural and hopefully annual” occasion.
Although the Up Rigging doesn’t start till Friday, the Lynx pulled as much as City Dock Tuesday afternoon and plans to start providing excursions Thursday, pending permission from the U.S. Coast Guard, Capt. Sean Canniff stated.
The 122-foot schooner is the eponymous duplicate of an 1812 boat constructed to function a blockade runner, swiftly evading British warships whereas carrying items and provides out of Baltimore. The present Lynx was in-built Rockport, Maine, in 2002, and now splits its time between Nantucket, Massachusetts, and St. Simons Island, Georgia.
“We always stop here on our way up and down. Annapolis has been a very good port for us,” Canniff stated.
So good, in truth, that its present crew of 10 consists of two former Anne Arundel County residents. In the autumn, the Lynx contracts with the U.S. Naval Academy to present Midshipmen a nineteenth century crusing expertise, changing a earlier partnership with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. For $60 this weekend, civilians may also cosplay outrunning the British, together with an opportunity to fireplace the ship’s cannon whereas out on a night cruise. Or, landlubbers can climb aboard the ship without cost whereas it’s docked.
“Guests,” Canniff corrected, “We call them guests.” (At least certainly one of his sailors prefers the time period “landlubber.”)
Other ships welcoming visitors aboard embrace the Pride II, the clipper constructed to switch Maryland’s iconic ambassador vessel that sank in 1986, killing three crew members. Tours may also be accessible aboard a 1958 sloop referred to as The Easterner and Adventurer, a smaller 1984 Cherubuni schooner.
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At 2 p.m. Saturday, Mayor Gavin Buckley shall be available to assist fee the RV Marie Tharp, a newly retrofitted metal polar expedition schooner owned by the Ocean Research Project, an Annapolis-based nonprofit group. Once a bottle of selection whiskey has been smashed in opposition to the hull, the boat will set sail to discover Arctic and Antarctic coastlines, serving to to measure the results of local weather change by mapping topographical adjustments.
Erik Evans, director of the Downtown Annapolis Partnership, served as lead organizer for Up Rigging, which got here collectively in a mere three weeks. In the spirit of the annual fall Sultana Down Rigging in Chestertown, Evans has sought to steadiness severe maritime training with family-friendly nautical enjoyable. Kids can construct their very own mannequin ships (for a charge) and set sail in Susan Campbell Park, or adorn their very own pirate headgear (without cost) courtesy of Tattered Hatters.
“The adults love them, too,” Evans stated. “I suspect you’ll end up seeing just as many adults wearing hats as kids.”
Sea shanty singing loved a shocking renaissance through the pandemic due to a collection of viral TikTok movies. Up Rigging highlights two native lovers of the style: The Bilge Rats and the Ship’s Company Chanteymen. The U.S. Navy Band Brass Quintet and a Jimmy Buffett cowl act additionally made the musical lineup.
“We’ll have a real variety of nautical entertainment,” Evans stated.
If the three-day pageant is effectively acquired, Evans hopes Up Rigging will turn into an annual occasion, though he acknowledged there’s restricted dock area for visiting vessels.
“We are already working on figuring out how we can accommodate more tall ships next year,” Evans stated.