Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tall Ships Visit Fairport Harbor & Mentor Headlands

Last week, the “Tall Ships” were visiting Fairport Harbor in Lake County, Ohio,  and we viewed part of the Parade of Sail from the Mentor Headlands State Park vantage point. The Headlands dunes trail leads to the break wall on the western side of Fairport Harbor -  a perfect place to view the event  It was hot and muggy but we found a spot where a few trees provided shade. We watched as the ships exited the harbor,  raising their sails as they entered Lake Erie.

Saturday evening we returned to Mentor Headlands, hoping to catch some of the ships sailing on the lake. Three ships did head out of port. It was extremely windy and a small storm was coming in from the east and the skies looked ominous. As a result, those few ships that ventured out were not out long. They quickly returned to Fairport Harbor and lowered their sails. Here are a few photos from both days that we visited. The ships featured are the El Galeon Andalucia, Draken Harald Harfagre, When And If, Appledore IV, and Appledore V.  I also included photos of the Fairport Harbor West lighthouse, Lake Erie, and the Mentor Headlands dunes.  (Click on any image for a larger view.)

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