|Today we went into Sydney and saw the Tall Ships there we just great. We went on about six of them the only thing negative I would say is that you can just walk around the top of the ships you can't go down below or anything.
They had a lot of activity going on especially for children. We didn't realize how big Sydney was we would have planned more time there but we wanted to get to Louisbourg and knew we had at least four hours of siteseeing there.
The ships we saw were Amistad, Concordia, Mist of Avalon, Picton Castle, Roseway, Pride of Baltimore and of course Theodore. Most of the ships are training vessels for students and others to spend time on learning about sailing. For example the Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which was tragically sunk by a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986, taking her captain and three crew members down with her. Both ships were built in the Inner Harbor as replicas of 1812-era topsail schooners, the type of vessels, called Baltimore Clippers, that helped America win the War of 1812 and finally secure its freedom.
Since her commissioning, Pride II has sailed nearly 200,000 miles, and visited over 200 ports in 40 countries in North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia. In 1998 she undertook her first voyage to Asia with port calls in China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. In 2000 she made her fourth trip to Europe capturing First Place in her Class in a Transatlantic Tall Ship race. With her sharply raked masts, her abundance of sail, and her sleek profile, Pride of Baltimore II captures the imagination and makes friends for Baltimore and Maryland wherever she goes. She is indeed a memorable Goodwill Ambassador.
We enjoyed walking around and Brian especially liked talking to all the crew members that were available.
We left Sydney and went to the Fortess of Louisbourg. From its establishment by the French in 1713 until the withdrawal of the last British troops in 1768, Louisbourg played an important role in the struggle between the English and the French for control over North America. In 1745 an army of New Englanders, supported by a British naval squadron, captured Louisbourg after a 46-day siege. The town was returned to the French by treaty, and then besieged again in 1758. The assault lasted seven weeks, but in the end the French stronghold and naval base fell again, opening the way for the British conquest of the rest of New France.
Today, the Fortress of Louisbourg is the largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America and a popular historic Nova Scotia museum. A faithful reconstruction of a 250-year old town, with its stone ramparts, streets, households, restaurants, bustling waterfront tavern, and costumed animators.
Fortess Louisbourg is only 1/3 of the size it actually was in 1713 and we could barely walk around the whole place, we took about 4 hours and we know we didn't see everything. It was really nice they had a lot of people in period costumes that played a certain role and they really stuck to their roles. Each one of them were recreating a character from that time they knew the history of that person and background which made the visit very interesting.
We would highly recommend anyone coming near Louisbourg to stop at the Fortress it was well worth seeing.
Tomorrow we are suppose to go whale watching but the weather is calling for a bit of stormy weather so we might have to go the next day. Will update you again soon.