Tall Ships in Boston

It seems like every 5 to 10 years the Tall Ships arrive in Boston for some kind of special occasion. Tall Ships are the name given to the large sailing training ships with tall masts originating from many different countries that tour the world. This year the occasion was the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. I’ve been to see the Tall Ships at least twice before, in 1992 and in 2000. Both times were alot of fun, although dampenedĀ a little by the massive crowds and the hot weather.

This time I went with my sister and her family. We were expecting the worst in terms of crowds. We headed out first to Castle Island in South Boston to get a good view of the Tall Ships arriving in Boston Harbor. None showed up after waiting for about 20 minutes. We found out as we were leaving that most of the ships arrived early the night before.

We hopped on the T, got off at South Station and walked to the Seaport District where some of the ships were docked. The crowds were not bad, possibly due to the fact it was the weekend before the Fourth of July and people already left to go on vacation.

It was a beautiful day outside with very little humidity. I had to be aware of where the sun’s rays were falling and where I was standing so as not to have photos that were partially washed out. Most of the time it was just a matter of moving slightly to the left or right to get away from the bright sun reflection.

I was really pleased on how my photos came out. Here’s a sample from my Flickr set:






Even after seeing these majestic sailing ships a number of times, it never gets old.

Matthew Dailey

Web developer, photographer, and Photoshop user.