The weather had been forecast to be iffy, but the day was great. Here's the view back at Boston as the ferry left Long Wharf.
The BAE Guayas - Ecuador:
Festive fireboat action:
Many "grey hulls" visiting, from around the world:
Arrived at Spectacle Island; it was just a beautiful as last time.
Telephoto shot of USCG Eagle, from Spectacle Island. It reached 97F (36C) in the harbor; note the heat shimmer):
ARC Gloria - Colombia:
Zakim Bridge in the background:
KRI Dewaruci - Indonesia - had a full band on board; the only ship playing music through its arrival:
As the last tall Ship entered, there was a 21 round cannon fire salute from Castle Island. I was a mile or so away over open water, but the concussions were still strong enough to feel in my chest:
Old North Church steeple (re: Paul Revere's Ride; 'One if by land, two if by sea...') in right-side background:
Bunker Hill Monument in background:
When things started to quiet down, I ate my lunch and then read a book for several hours from this vantage on Spectacle's North Drumlin.
What a great excursion!
Full Photobucket album.