Tall ships are a part of our shared human history, and everyone knows that sailors tell the best stories. Join Erin Short of Tall Ships America as she discovers the people behind these iconic vessels and what it truly means to be a traditional sailor in a modern world. Every month, we sit down and get to know each other over a pint of beer or a cup of tea. Sea stories, inspiration, and a little bit of everything else.Just no shanties, please.
"Pretty much, we just go sailing": On board St. Lawrence II with Captain Chris Chafe
Shout out to Railton, Ontario! This week, Erin gets the unredacted scoop on Captain Chris Chafe. Captain Chafe is the executive director at Tall Ship Expeditions Canada (T.S.E.C.) - Brigantine Incorporated (www.tallshipexpeditions.com) and captain of St. Lawrence II out of Kingston, Ontario.
Chris and Erin realize they have strong feelings about tides. We talk about how, sometimes, the right ship to do the job is the smallest ship to do the job , how you should never judge a captain by his red Converse, and, how their peer-led youth sail training program has evolved. Grab your skateboard and a Molson as we travel to the deep south of Canada.
Ships mentioned: Empire Sandy, Europa, Kajama, HMCS Oriole, Pathfinder, Playfair, Tres Hombres.
For more information on the Ayalik Fund www.ayalikfund.ca
For more information on the Erie Canal www.eriecanal.org is a great place to start.
Making Impossible, Possible: Susan Brittain with Sound Experience
Welcome to Season Three! We have a doozy of an episode - it's cozy, it's inspiring, it's a journey - and we are here for it. This month, Erin chats delightedly with Susan Brittain, Marketing, Membership and Public Programs Associate with Sound Experience (www.soundexp.org) and Tall Ships America's 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
We talk about her growing up in England, where the water was her escape, her time as a captain, a caulker, ship carpenter, and rigger, and her love of teaching young people on board.
We also discuss the incredible Gender Odyssey program aboard Schooner Adventuress and Sound Experience's work in creating a safe space on board their vessel for non-binary, transgender and gender-fluid teens, and how Susan's own personal experience influenced this program.
Ships Mentioned: Adventuress, Charlotte Ann, Clearwater, USS Constellation, Elissa, Eye of the Wind, Gazela, Highlander Sea, Lady Maryland, Martha Lewis, Mildred Bell, Pride of Baltimore, Pride of Baltimore II, Tole Mour, Sultana, Western Union, Woodwind, Zodiac
Programs Mentioned: Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy, Living Classrooms Foundation, Sultana Education Foundation
More Great Lakes Whale Watching in Season 2, episode 3 with Captain Tom Kastle.
You can hear Susan on Saturday, March 5th at She Tells Sea Tales, part of Northwest Maritime Center's women-forward programming. She Tells Sea Tales | Northwest Maritime Center (nwmaritime.org)
And at the Ask The Expert Series on March 17th, part of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Ask an Expert Winter Series - Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival
See the photos that Susan sent along on our Instagram @tallshipsamerica.
Season Two Finale with Captain Tiffany Krihwan aboard Ernestina-Morrissey
It's our season two finale! We'll be back in March with some fresh episodes and new voices from our tall ships community.
We have none other than the 2019 Tall Ships America Sail Trainer of the Year, Captain Tiffany Krihwan, currently serving as captain with Ernestina-Morrissey. We dive into the rich legacy of this historic schooner, her connection with Cape Verde, and her voyages to the Arctic to supply military bases during WWII.
We also talk about smart grandparents, polite Canadian spars, and Erin gives Captain Tiff nightmares - it was an accident!
Ships mentioned: Appledore IV, Appledore V, Bluenose II, Bowdoin, Denis Sullivan, Hawaiian Chieftain, Lettie G. Howard, Mayflower, U.S. Brig Niagara, Pride of Baltimore II, Roseway.
"I was a sailor in my mind": Gord Laco with GH Laco & Associates
This week, Erin had the pleasure of sitting down with Gord Laco, jack of all trades. Gord is the operator of G.H.Laco&Assciates Ltd, a ship and yacht rigging supply outfit he has operated since 1999. Gord served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, currently holds a civilian appointment looking after HMCS ORIOLE, the RCN’s sail training ship, and also operates a thriving historical consulting and technical advising practice serving film and television productions.
Note: Apologies for the sound quality of the intro but it clears up for the interview portion.
Ships mentioned: HMS Bee, Cutty Sark, Denis Sullivan, U.S. Brig Niagara, HMCS Oriole, Pride of Baltimore II, Pathfinder, Playfair, St. Lawrence II, HMS Tecumseth
Programs mentioned: Atlantic Challenge
I have a gravity allergy: Marann Fengler aboard Battleship Iowa
We are back! After a brief hiatus, Erin is thrilled to be talking to the super generous and generally delightful Marann Fengler. Currently working with the Battleship Iowa www.pacificbattleship.com , Marann first started her tall ship adventures aboard Los Angeles Maritime Institute's twin brigantines, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson (for more about the ships and their legacy, be sure to listen to Nancy Richardson's episode in season one)
Marann and Erin talk about missing the smell of pine tar, beating USCG Barque Eagle at a race start and how some boats are more bite-y than others. Be warned, there is giggling. So much giggling.
Tall Ships mentioned: Bill of Rights, USCG Barque EAGLE, Exy Johnson, Irving Johnson, Kaisei, Lady Washington, Lynx, Pride of Baltimore II, Roseway, Swift of Ipswich, Virginia.
Battleship Iowa YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/c/BattleshipUSSIowaLosAngeles/videos
Other videos mentioned:
Through the Catacombs (the bend and snap!)
Broadway in the dark
Up close to Iowa's bow
"I like the strange and new": Captain Andy Ellers with the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington
Join Erin as she and Captain Andy Ellers talk about how a sculpture major from Denison University wound up with his own IMDB page and may or may not have gotten into a spot of trouble with Russell Crowe on the set of Master and Commander: Far Side of the World.
But first, we talk about the challenges of working with wicked expensive research equipment and how there just aren't that many opportunities for a sing-a-long with a tuba in the Maine Windjammer fleet. Also, how not to catch a baggywrinkle on fire and a Rhode Island connection!
For those wondering, here is the definition of a baggywrinkle (mentioned in the episode): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baggywrinkle
When Captain Ellers is describing the sailing master in the movie, the character's name is "Mr. Allen" and the actor's name is Robert Pugh.
For those interested, it's the June 1984 issue of Yankee Magazine, not May.
Ships mentioned: Angelique, Californian, Clipper City, Dayspring, Hawaiian Chieftain, Homer W. Dixon (now Manitou), Mattie (now Grace Bailey), Mercantile, Mistress, Providence, HMS Rose, Sylvina Beal, Spirit of Massachusetts, Tole Mour (now Vela)
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Yes it’s good
Maritime history as well as conversions about working at sea. No cheese. If you know Erin you knew it would be a quality project.
Stuck in a cornfield for now, love listening to these great accounts and stories until I can make it out to the coast and be around what is in my imagination. Thanks for doing these and keep up the great work.
These are great. Thanks for your hard work on these. I can’t wait for the next ones.