Return of the Tall Ships

This past weekend was the annual visit of the wooden masted Tall
Ships. It was neat to be sketching them again – these ships were the first thing I drew in Montreal, two years ago.

All
the riggings and railings on these floating museums are a tremendous
challenge. Fortunately, I’ve been drawing a lot of boats, what with the
Newfoundland trip. It’s interesting how modern ships replaced the sail’s
masts with radio antennas, keeping a similar profile.

Vessels
like this used to bring trade goods from all over the world. Today I
suppose their cargo is nostalgia. Thousands of people (they expect
300,000 to come through over the four day weekend) turn out for a day of
touring the cramped vessels, meeting the crews, enjoying performances
of sea shanty’s and folk music, and perhaps a beer served by a pirate
wench.

(Via Urban Sketchers)

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