Last weekend, Savannah was the scene for the Tall Ships Challenge. It was easy to imagine the days when these grand sailing ships, loaded with cargo, ruled the oceans.
Here are the ships we boarded and explored. Note: We were only allowed down below on the Bounty, but there were still some narrow stairs to climb on some top decks.
Hopefully the organizers and crews had as much fun and excitement as we had, and they will come back in 2015.
Rig height: 97. Sail area: 12,470 square feet. Learn more.
La Belle Poule
This French naval ship served during World War II. Launched 1932. Rig height: 95″ Learn more.
MGM Studio paid $750,000 to have the Bounty built in 1960 for the movie Mutiny on the Bounty, starring Marlon Brando. The sailed the ship to Tahiti for filming. Rig height: 1115″. Sail area: 10,000 square feet. Learn more.
This Indonesian ship was our favorite. We loved the ornate carved wood trim and the copious amounts of flags. The cadets in their sky blue dress uniforms were the photo favorites of the crowds.
I was tickled by the shiny brass sound tube that the captain could speak into to send orders down below.
Confession: We loved that we could buy a cold Bintang beer to sip as we toured their amazing ship. Learn more.