The Tall Ships Event at Greenock
Greenock in Inverclyde was the host of The Tall Ships Race event over the weekend, 9-12 July 2011. Fortunately there was pleasant summer sunshine for most of the time I was there.
Ships from various countries around the world, including Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, South Africa and the USA, were docked as part of the route on their voyage that takes in Waterford in Ireland, Greenock in Scotland, Lerwick in Shetland, Stavanger in Norway and Halmstad in Sweden.
“Sail Training International” is the charity which organises for The Tall Ships Races. It shares its values with “Sail Inverclyde” in developing young people through sail training as well as bringing people together of all nationalities, religions and social backgrounds.
I’m not sure how accurate the figure is but I heard someone say around 1.2 million people visited the event to experience the atmosphere, see the ships with their smartly dressed, youthful crews and enjoy the variety of entertainments laid on. There were parades, stage performances, street theatre, entertainers and fairground attractions.
The stage performances covered range for genres from brass bands, bagpipes, rock and pop, salsa, Celtic and traditional music. Some of these musicians can be seen in other posts on this website.
There was a mix of local performers through to some “big names” such as Lulu, Deacon Blue and others. It is impossible to list them all and certainly impossible to photograph the whole event. There was so much going on at one time in numerous venues.
Fittingly the event was set amid the old shipyard sites that once fitted out great and famous ships including some “Cunard Queens” and the docks with their vast sugar warehouses that historically brought prosperity to Greenock and beyond.
Some of the cranes and sheds stand as a reminder of the once proud shipbuilding tradition that earned the reputation for rugged, robust, strength as “Clyde built”.
All the photographs were taken by Scottish photographer Norman Young and are copyright ©.
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Visit The Tall Ships Greenock website.
These are the names of the ships listed as participating in the event with the Class, Country and Crew numbers;
Astrid Class A Netherlands 30
Christian Radich Class A Norway 115
Dar Mlodziezy Class A Poland 176
Eendracht Class A Netherlands 55
Europa Class A Netherlands 66
Lord Nelson Class A United Kingdom 50
Mir Class A Russia 199
Pelican of London Class A United Kingdom 40
Pogoria Class A Poland 52
Royalist Class A United Kingdom 33
Wylde Swan Class A Netherlands 50
Sorlandet Class A Norway 91
Gloria Class A Columbia 163
Tecla Class B Netherlands 20
Swan Class B United Kingdom 15
Spirit of Fairbridge Class B United Kingdom 18
Rupel Class B Belgium 16
Provident Class B United Kingdom 16
Mutin Class B France 22
Morning Star of Revelation Class B United Kingdom 14
Moosk Class B United Kingdom 10
Maybe Class B United Kingdom 14
Liv Class B Norway 8
Jolie Brise Class B United Kingdom 14
Johanna Lucretia Class B United Kingdom 12
De Gallant Class B Netherlands 23
Constantia Class B Sweden 22
Auno Class B Norway 10
Wyvern Av Aalesund Class B Norway 12
Irene Class B United Kingdom 17
Celtic Mist Class B Eire 9
Juan de Langara Class C Spain 12
Sirma Class C Netherlands 10
Alba Endeavour Class C United Kingdom 18
Alba Explorer Class C United Kingdom 18
Antwerp Flier Class C Belgium 21
Black Diamond of Durham Class C United Kingdom 10
Esprit Class C Germany 16
Neva Class C Russia 12
Gedania Class C Poland 19
John Laing Class C United Kingdom 18
Ocean Spirit Class C United Kingdom 22
Prolific Class C Norway 26
Spaniel Class C Latvia 12
Tomidi Class C Belgium 18
Zenobe Gramme Class C Belgium 17
Dar Szczecina Class C Poland 12
St Iv Class C Estonia 12
Rona II Class D United Kingdom 234
Oceans Dream Class D Poland 11
Urania Class D Netherlands 17
St Barbara V Class D United Kingdom 9
Miles to Go Class D Belgium 6
Camelot Class D Poland 12
Akela Class D Russia 16
Endorfina Class D Poland 10