2015 Tall Ship “El Galeon” Visit
El Galeon Andalucia is a 170 foot, 495 ton, authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet in the 16th century. This ship has been featured in the NBC series “Crossbones”.
August 14th – August 24th, 2015, the El Galeon was docked at Port City marina providing daily, self-guided tours. With more than 14,000 visitors, the positive response front the public was outstanding.
2012 Tall Ship “HMS Bounty” Visit
HMS Bounty, built for the famed 1962 Marlon Brando movie, arrived in Wilmington in June, 2012.
The ship was also featured in the motion picture “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”. The Bounty hosted our annual meeting. Over 100 members and guests attended.
2011: Tall Ship “Lynx” Visit
On April 7th, 2011, amid cannon salutes from shore and an escort from the Wilmington Fireboat, “Lynx” docked between Market Street and Princess Street. This beautiful replica of an 1812 vintage Privateer was in Wilmington for almost three weeks and was open to the public for tours.
Thank you to these hotels for providing complimentary rooms for the crew:
When Lynx’s stay was extended, these organizations & residents invited the crew to use their shower facilities:
2007: Tall Ship “Prince William” Visit
In 2007, WHET coordinated with the Tall Ships Youth Trust from the United Kingdom to arrange a Memorial Day visit from their 195 foot signature brigantine “Prince William”.
Several members of WHET’s Board of Directors were invited to sail on the ship for three days from Morehead City to Wilmington and experience the valuable work performed by the Trust in building character, teamwork and a sense of self-worth among the young people that sail on the ship.
Thousands of Wilmingtonians came out to welcome the ship for a four day stay. This visit developed what we hope will be a lasting relationship between the Tall Ships Youth Trust and Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust.
2006: Historic Tall Ship “Nina” Replica Visit
In May, 2006, WHET coordinated the visit of this amazing historic replica. The Nina stayed in Wilmington for 5 days and hundreds of children and adults had the opportunity to tour the ship.
2005 to Present: Invasion of the Pirates Flotilla
In 2005, WHET produced the first Invasion of the Pirates Flotilla in association with Wilmington’s Riverfest Committee. The annual event takes place in October on the same weekend as the Wilmington Riverfest and consists of three pirate-themed events:
- The Pirates’ Ball on Friday Night
- The Children’s’ Treasure Hunt on Saturday afternoon
- A lighted Boat Parade on Saturday night
2003: Historic Tall Ship “Amistad” Replica Visit
In 2003, WHET sponsored a four day visit from the “Amistad”. This vessel was constructed for the 1997 Steven Spielberg movie, and symbolizes the plight of African Americans who were taken from their homeland.
1993 to Present: Floating Docks Downtown
In 1993, when WHET was organized, there was one private 40′ floating dock on the downtown riverfront. Boaters wishing to dock had only one option – tie up to the pilings at the Hilton Riverwalk. Smaller boats needed to bring a ladder to disembark at low tide.
Since its founding, WHET has encouraged the city and county to construct and improve the public docking infrastructure through the use of grants and general fund appropriations.
Wilmington now has over 1,300 feet of public floating docks with power and water and a dockmaster to manage their use. There are also over 6,600 feet of private floating docks in the downtown area and several full service large marina facilities nearby. Things are quite different from 1993!