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Sails of the St. Mary's River
Carol Zarudenec Smith for local2 sault ste. marie
June 5th, 2013 at 7:38am | Last Updated at 12:53pm
Manning the information desk in the Delta Hotel conference room was Richard LeBlanc, a very enthusiastic young man who eagerly handed out media packages, sold access passes to the tall ships’ weekend and answered guests’ questions as they came in. “I’m a summer student and a jack of all trades when it comes to volunteering for the War of 1812 Algoma,” stated Richard. “I’m willing to be there and cover anything that needs to be covered.” He obviously enjoys helping out any way he can.
Kathy Fisher, Curator of the Ematinger-Clergue National Historical Site, was our pleasant and informative spokesperson for the evening. Her presentation back grounded the three tall ships that will be in Sault Ste. Marie at the Roberta Bondar dock July 19-21st. The Lynx is a square topsail schooner designed and built to interpret the general configuration and operation of a privateer schooner or naval schooner from the War of 1812. The Pride of Baltimore II is a reproduction of an 1812-era Baltimore Clipper topsail schooner built for speed. The U.S. Brig Niagara is a reproduction of the relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry in a major naval battle of the War of 1812.The three tall ships are U.S Brig Niagara, Pride of Baltimore II and schooner Lynx, all replica topsail ships from the 1812 era.
Kathy spoke of the Captain’s Dinner to be held Friday July 19th for $60 each and encouraged the gathering of some friends to fill a table of ten. This, of course, includes passes to the two day affair at the Roberta Bondar Park and the tour of the three ships.
Brian Tremblay, in full military uniform, attended as Corporal of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. He participates in re-enactments and as he spoke it was obvious that he thoroughly delights in being a part of this major adventure. He remarked, “Being with 300 men on a battlefield staring down the barrel of a cannon is “awesome.”
Also in attendance for this meeting were vital representatives; Administrative Assistant Louise McAuliffe, Volunteer Co-ordinator Chris Lapointe, Event Co-ordinator Donni Bobiwash, Métis Nation of Ontario Anne Trudel, Ministry of Culture Patricia Ricard, Francophone Centre Jean-Marc Pelletier, Parks Canada Elia Marini, Sponsorship Nancy Mau, Chairperson Algoma 1812 Carol Caputo, Province of Ontario Tourism Marketing Julie Larstone and Vice-Chairperson of Algoma 1812 St. Joseph Island Carol Trainor.
At the Roberta Bondar Park there will be booths and tents set up along with interaction with spectators who attend this outdoor gala. Saturday July 20th it will run from 9a.m.-9p.m. Sunday July 21 hours will be 9a.m.-6p.m. There will be a Parks Canada exhibit, tattoos and paper shako’s, 1812 theatre, 1812 Animated local theatre performances, Hardtackers singing Sea Shanty songs, Fife and Drum, Cannon, Military and Militia demonstrations, Voyageurs, Métis and 1812 era people, a pioneer play zone, small encampments and pioneer crafts and activities. The Wharf is a theatre group dressed in period outfits who will interact, educate and entertain spectators during this affair. Obviously there is something for all ages to enjoy. To partake in these festivities will cost $18 per family for the weekend. Ships will stamp passports and there is a wrist band for each day. An adult will pay $8 a day, $5 for seniors/students and children under 5 are free. Kathy stated, “Last year we had 6000 people in 6 hours. This year we expect 20,000.”
Mark these dates, July 19th-20th, on your calendar and come down to the Roberta Bondar waterfront and relive this amazing historical event, tour the tall ships and have some fun.