Always a fan-favorite, several tall ships have come to visit the Cape Fear River and downtown Wilmington.
2015: Tall Ship “El Galeon” Visit
El Galeon Andalucia (as referred to in Spain) 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. Spanish Galeon’s were primarily used for transporting cargo and were frequently bought and sold by both Spanish and English governments during the 1600s. Due to the value of the cargo they carried, these ships were often taken over and converted into pirate ships in the Caribbean. 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. The positive response from the public was outstanding and we would like to thank all of those that came by to tour the ship!
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:
Homewood Suites, Stemmerman’s Inn, Hotel Tarrymore, Hilton Wilmington Riverside and Best Western Coastline Inn.
When Lynx’s stay was extended, these organizations & residents invited the crew to use their shower facilities:
Murchison House, Wilmington Water Tours, Patricia Wilson, Greg Thomas & Tom Faust and Camellia Cottage.
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.