Sailors furl the sails on the USCGC Eagle, the flagship of the US Coast Guard, a commissioned training vessel for Coast Guard cadets. It is America's tall ship.
I was thrilled to obtain a press pass for the Connecticut portion of OpSail 2012, a celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 In fact, I got to take part in the Parade of Ships and shot this image from another sailing vessing when we arrived at Fort Trumbull, New London, Connecticut at the conclusion of the regatta. It was the last stop for tall ships and other boats from around the world with regattas in other port cities along the east coast.
The first OpSail took place during the 1964 World's Fair on the Hudson River and has become a tradition.
This one began in Niantic, Connecticut, where my family has had a cottage since the 1960s, and then traveled from Niantic Bay and up the Thames River to New London, home of the United States Coast Guard Academy, where the tall ship is docked.
Although I attended the 1964 World's Fair as a young child, I did not see that Parade of Ships, but I was lucky enough to enjoy pasta with the crew of the Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian Navy's tall ship during America's 1976 Bicentennial celebrations. A high school friend had spent a semester with the family of a sailor on that ship. I also watched the fireworks over New York Harbor during the 1982 Fleet Week celebration, and offshoot of the OpSail celebrations.
I revisited this photograph 10 years later and decided to process a black and white version with a timeless, yet contemporary feel.In fact, the color version of this and similar images are among my best-selling fine art photographs here and in gallery exhibitions.In fact, several people have purchased them as gifts for spouses who told them stories of training on the ship high up in the rigging during their time as US Coast Guard cadets.
Woman Photographers Sailing Vessels
March 9th, 2022
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