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The majestic sails of five tall ships will be gracing the shores of Shelburne on Aug. 14 and 15 and while the ships are sure to awe locals and visitors alike, the Town of Shelburne is also looking to showcase all of the gems it has to offer.
The Europa, Spirit of South Carolina, Fair Jeanne, Mist of Avalon and the HMCS Oriole will be arriving in the morning of Aug. 14 and leaving port in the early evening on Aug. 15.
“We expect an amazing spectacle for the approach of the ships on the morning of Aug. 14 with many of the smaller Shelburne boats ready to greet the fleet,” said Darren Shupe, manager of community and economic development for the Town of Shelburne.
Opportunities to experience and participate in the maritime history of Shelburne include rowing with the longboats on the harbour, signing up for a kayak tour with Candlebox Kayaking, demonstrations and children’s activities at the Shelburne County Museums.
People will also able to learn about the area’s deep history of shipbuilding at the Mill building with local historians.
The tall ships won’t be the only spectacle to enjoy during the two-day event. On Aug. 14 Darren Hudson will be wowing audiences with his Wild Axe Lumberjack show.
An outdoor lobster supper will be held at the Guild Hall. Cost is $20 a ticket. The venue will also have a variety of musical performances throughout the day.
The magic of the day will continue into the night with a fireworks display on the waterfront.
The ship tours continue on Aug. 15 with the day to be highlighted by a seafood chowder and craft beer tasting event featuring the local favourite Boxing Rock Brewing Company.
History will come alive with an 18th century re-enactment of the Loyalists and local musical duo Naming the Twins will finish off the celebrations.
“The RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta visit to Shelburne provides and opportunity to showcase the best of Southwest Nova Scotia to visitors and area residents alike,” said Shupe. “The program of events builds upon the unique experience of visiting these majestic ships to include south shore experiences.”
If you go:
• Public parking will be available at the Marine Terminal for $2 per vehicle with proceeds going toward the Shelburne Sailing School.
• The public is encouraged to leave their bags in their vehicle as there will be random bag searches as required by security.
• All adults 16 and up are required to carry a photo ID to visit the ships.
• The majority of the events are free of charge, except for the lobster dinner that can be purchased through the town’s website or at the town office. A limited number of tickets will be available on the day of the event. Other paid events include the Sandy Point Community breakfast, Candlebox Kayaking tours and entrance to the local museums.
• Volunteer support is still needed for a number of positions prior to the event in many different capacities and time lengths.
• Vendors are encouraged to participate and vendor’s licences and fees will not be required. Anyone interested should contact Robin Walker 902-875-2991 ext. 7.
About the ships
Europa (Netherlands) Launched in 1911, the Bark Europa is 54.60m in length and 28.16m high. She can carry a crew of up to 64.
Spirit of South Carolina (USA) Launched in 2007, the Spirit of South Carolina is 42.67m long and has a height of 39m. Her crew consists of up to 9 crew and 21 trainees.
Fair Jeanne (Canada) Launched in 1982, the Fair Jeanne has a length of 36.27m and a height of 24.39m. She can accommodate a crew of up to 40.
Mist of Avalon (Canada) Launched in 1967, the Mist of Avalon is 25.31m in length and is 19.1m high. She carries a crew of 10.
HMCS Oriole (Canada) Launched in 1921, the HMCS Oriole is a training ship for the Royal Canadian Navy based out of CFB Esquimalt, BC. She has a length of 27.72m and height of 20.66m. She can carry a crew of