Boston Harborfest 2012

I’ve seen it called Harborfest, Fleet Week, Navy Week and a couple other things, but whatever you call it, it’s a bunch of ships from lots of countries hanging out in Boston Harbor for a few days, and the sailors/midshipmen/whatever, running around town. Here are some photos from Saturday’s arrival of the Tall Ships (aka Pirate Ships, according to many small children).

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Each ship that came in gave Boston a 21-gun salute, which was reciprocated with cannons.

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A Mass state police officer taking photos of the ships

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… and texting them to loved ones.

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The Boston Fire Department’s water craft greeted the ships. This boat was apparently donated to the city by Dennis Leary.

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The Ecuadorian sailors enjoying the view.

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A few sails were down on the American ship, Eagle.

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Sailors/midshipmen/whatever on the Colombian ship wore T-shirts that coordinated with the Colombian flag. The ones on top wore yellow, in the middle, blue, and on the bottom, red.

Sailing in Boston Harbor

Last weekend, the Boston Sailing Club invited landlubbers such as myself (OK, Hubby came too) to enjoy a free ride on one of the club’s sailboats. Hundreds of people showed up, and Club officials were very organized and well-prepared for the onslaught. Each “tour” was with a small group of about six people, plus our captain. It was a lot of fun, and I think we’ll be back when they do this again in June. Many thanks to the folks who worked to put this together. Here are some images from the day.

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