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post #1 of 2 Old 06-09-2008, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Bluenose II coming to Toronto Jun 19-23

On each current Canadian dime is a picture of Bluenose, a boat with a fine history and a sad ending. Her daughter will visit Toronto from June 19 to June 23.

http://www.newsbureau.ca/Content.aspx?item=1832

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Thumbs up Tall ships at Toronto's waterfront.

Thursday afternoon I visited the waterfront, taking a street car 509 (510 goes there too) from Union Station. I got off when I saw tall ships and visited Bluenose II, Baltimore, Niagara, Pathfinder, and Playfair. Nova Scotia has a major exhibit promoting tourism in their fine province, and admission is free. Some of the ships ask for donations, but nobody is shaking cans in your face and begging.

I recommend this attraction if it is convenient to you.

Bluenose, the ship on Canadian dimes since 1937, perished in 1946. Bluenose II started sailing in 1963, and has been promoting NS since then. Its schedule is on display, and it will sail from Toronto to Cornwall soon, en route to its home in Lunenburg NS.

Baltimore comes from, yup, Baltimore MD, and promotes its state and country with style and elegance. The peculiar flag with red and white ornate crosses and a screwy yellow/black checkerboard is Maryland's flag, which I fly occasionally in Florida. The ship and crew are particularly elegant, and probably attract lots of tourists to the state and city. Baltimore is not the capital; Annapolis is.

Niagara is a replica of a vessel which fought in the War of 1812 between Britain (Canada actually but it wasn;t called that) and United States. Details of a stunning defeat of Canadian vessels in Lake Erie are presented vividly.

Pathfinder and Playfair take Ontario youngsters on cruises on the Great Lakes, and teach them a lot. If you have some surly teenagers who could use a dose or two of discipline, look up Toronto Brigantine, and consider enrolling them. Occasionally adults can take these cruises, generally at the very start or end of the season. I did this in 1985, and had fun climbing yardarms and bracing sails to port and hauling up anchors and standing watch in chancy weather.

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