Down to the sea in ships

The harbour is full of tall sail ships this weekend and coming week–as well as thousands of tourists, dragging along grandmothers and babies in strollers. The best time to visit, of course, is in early morning fog, both because then it’s possible to get close enough to an empty enough deck to get a good look at rigging and cloth and spars, and because the sun later in the day–it being July–scorches that close to the water.

There are twin vessels from France (the Belle Poule and the Etoile), a schooner with a Middle Eastern name in a Burmudan built style, sailing under the auspices of the Polish Association of North America or some such (and yes, sporting Polish, US and Canadian flags) and the second largest tall ship extant, a Russian four-master built in 1926.

The portable toilet warlords are in the money, with banks of their goods lining every parking lot–including the one up on Spring Garden Road and Queen, where the leftovers of the Atlantic Jazz Festival remain This is Halifax in party hearty mode, which is how I first met her. There’s sugar and meat everywhere, as if the sun itself is being used to barbecue the place as a whole.

My own forthcoming pictures will be a bit more esoteric than what the official sites offer, so read up on the straightforward story first….


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