Tall Ships Inspire Visitors In Clayton

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It's a tall ship festival that's taller than ever.

"We've got up to 116 feet in height here on the waterfront," said festival organizer Mike Folsom.

So far, two tall ships tower gracefully over the Clayton waterfront, with two more yet to arrive. 

They are sailing showpieces that really do sail.

"This ship has carried the story of the success of the Baltimore privateers from 1812 as far west as Shanghai and as far east as the Black Sea," said Jamie Trost, captain of the Pride of Baltimore II. 

Privateers drew the British to Baltimore for the famous battle that inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

For a ship with a war of 1812, this is a very special year and Clayton is a very special place.

"It's a great way to remember what had gone on, this event that forged the identity of both the United States and Canada," saod Trost.

Every tall ship has its own story, including Empire Sandy.

"Everyone sees it now as a tall ship but years and years and years ago it was a World War II tug, believe it or not," said Folsom. 

Thousands of visitors will be coming.

"It's pretty dramatic. You don't get to see schooners like this very often," said Larry Gustke of Millens Bay.

Artists have a once-a-year opportunity.

"Think I've become a ship groupie. I just love the whole tall ships," said artist Jan Byington.

At least one ship will be in Clayton through the weekend.

Friday, October 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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