A spectator's guide to OpSail's tall ships

June 21, 2000

How tall is tall?

How some of the tall ships size up against well-known Baltimore landmarks in the Inner Harbor

Constellation -- Height -- 165 feet

Esmeralda (Chilie) -- Four-masted barquentine Height -- 165 feet, Length -- 371 feet

World Trade Center -- Height -- 423 feet

National Aquarium -- Height -- 157 feet

Gorch Fock II (Germany) -- Three-masted barque Height -- 140 feet, Length -- 293 feet

National Aquarium Marine Mammal Pavilion -- Height -- 130 feet

Pride of Baltimore II (USA) -- Topsail schooner -- Height -- 107 feet, Length -- 170 feet

Harvey Gamage (USA) -- Two-masted gaffrigged schooner Height -- 91 feet, Length -- 115 feet

Shot Tower -- Height -- 240 feet

Captain Miranda (Uruguay) -- Staysail schooner -- Height -- 130 feet, Length -- 207 feet

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel -- Height -- 351 feet

Danmark (Denmark) -- Full-rigged ship -- Height -- 148 feet, Length -- 253 feet

Amerigo Vespucci (Italy) -- Full-rigged ship -- Height -- 160 feet, Length 330 feet

Visiting tall ships

Amerigo Vespucci, (above) Italy. 330-foot, full-rigged ship. Built in 1931. Rig height 117 feet. Steel hull.

Bat'kivshchyna, Ukraine. 95-foot schooner. Ship is sailing around the world as a goodwill ambassador for Ukraine.

Californian, United States. 145-foot topsail schooner. Built in 1984.Wood hull.

Capitan Miranda, (above) Uruguay. 207-foot staysail schooner. Built in 1930. Rig height 130 feet. Steel hull. Ship is used for training officers of the Uruguayan navy.

Clipper City, United States. 158-foot topsail schooner. Built in 1985. Steel hull.

Danmark, (above) Denmark. 253-foot, full-rigged ship. Built in 1932. Steel hull. During World War II, Danmark served as a school ship at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

Dewaruci, Indonesia. 191-foot barquentine. Built in 1952. Rig height 117 feet. Steel hull. Her figurehead and name is a representation of a sea god in Indonesian folklore symbolizing honesty and bravery. Dewaruci is the Indonesian navy's sail-training ship.

Edna E. Lockwood, United States. 53-foot, oyster dredging bugeye. Built in 1889. She is a National Historic Landmark and is the only surviving bugeye that maintains the appearance of her working days during the glory years of the Chesapeake oyster industry, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Esmeralda, (above) Chile. 371-foot, four-masted barquentine. Built in 1953. Steel hull. Used as a training ship by the Chilean navy.

Farewell, United States. 47-foot schooner. Built in 1972. Plans include participating in various educational programs to promote sail training and maritime traditions and history.

Gloria, Colombia. 249-foot, three-masted barque. Built in 1968. Steel hull. She is used as a training vessel.

Gorch Fock II, (above) Germany. 293-foot, three-masted barque. Built in 1958. Steel hull. School ship of the German navy.

Guayas, Ecuador. 257-foot, three-masted barque. Built in 1977. Rig height 125 feet. Steel hull. She is a training vessel of the Ecuadorean navy. A giant condor is her figurehead.

Harvey Gamage, (above) United States. 115-foot, two-masted, gaff-rigged schooner. Rig height 91 feet. Built in 1973. Wood hull. Built by shipwright Harvey Gamage, she is dedicated to sea education.

Howard Blackburn, United States. 58 feet. Named for a Nova Scotian who rowed 60 miles to Newfoundland with the frozen body of his shipmate after they were separated in a gale from a schooner in winter 1883. Blackburn lost all his fingers to frostbite.

"HMS" Rose, United States. 179-foot three-masted frigate. Built in 1970. Wood hull. She is a replica of an 18th-century Royal Navy frigate that cruised the American coast during the American Revolution.

Imagine, United States. 76-foot, gaff-rigged schooner. Built in 1997. Wood hull. Based in Annapolis.

Kathryn M. Lee, United States. 92-foot schooner. Built in 1923. The Kathryn M. Lee is the only schooner of a working sailing oyster fleet in Maryland.

Maryland Dove, United States. 75 feet. Built in 1977. The Maryland Dove is a replica of the ship that carried supplies for a 1634 expedition from England.

Mistress, United States. 80 feet. Built in Nova Scotia. Competed in a trans-Atlantic race in 1932.

Nathan of Dorchester, United States. 65-foot skipjack. Built in 1994. Wood, galvanized steel hull. Designed for dredging oysters and to teach history and aquatic sciences.

Nighthawk, United States. 82-foot, gaff-rigged schooner. Built in 1880. She is a U.S. Merchant Marine vessel.

Norfolk, United States. 72-foot skipjack. Built 1900. Wood hull. A former working oyster dredger, she represents the city of Norfolk, Va.

Osterschelde, Netherlands. 167-foot topsail schooner. Built in 1918. Steel hull. Osterschelde is the remaining representative of the large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag in the early 1900s.

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