The Old Port of Montreal hosted for the first time a nautical event called Tall Ships On The Quays 2010, that brought out the crowds by the thousands. The draw, five tall ships that sailed into port on Thursday and were open to the public for the very affordable price of only $5 a person to tour.
The event took place from September 17 to September 19. The ships were docked at the Jacques-Cartier Pier all in a row and people lined up in one massive line first to get down to the dock and then people had the option to split into smaller lines to board the ships they wanted to visit. With the $5 passport, people could visit every ship and spend as much time aboard as they wanted.
The ships themselves came from the United States and Germany. Some are active training ships and the most famous, The MS Bounty was built in 1962 for the movie Mutiny on the Bounty with actor Marlon Brando. Most recently it was used in the filming of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean with actor Johnny Depp. It is a working ship with 18 full time crew members, as well as trainees and passengers. It is known as a Full Rigged Ship, her home port is Greenport, Long Island, NY, USA.
The one negative was the lack of organization back on land. It was very unclear where to begin lining up and which line was for what and some people who were in the line didn’t have tickets and were just at the guard rail to get a look at the ships. The lines in general were long, but it was well worth it for those with an interest in ships and anything nautical.
Back on land there was a nautical village with activities, music, food, other forms of entertainment and people in costumes doling out information.
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