Tall Ship | Jennifer Dawe Photography | St John’s Photographer
I love this province, and the strong history behind it. Portuguese vessels fished off the Grand Banks for almost 500 years, and the practice became an integral part of their economy, and ours as well. The iconic white hulls and sails could be seen in ports around the island, particularly St John’s. The Our Lady of Fatima statue standing outside the Basilica was actually donated by the government of Portugal, on behalf of their people.
The majestic White Fleet being highly recognized for many, the last departure by one of these ships was in the 1970′s, years before I was born. This particular ship was partially scrapped in 1994, and was restored to it’s original form only a few years ago. Being that this is one of only two vessels of the fleet that are remaining, you have to wonder how many times it will make the journey before it is permanently retired. Truly a treat to see.
As funny as this may sound, seeing this ship made me miss living in Halifax, where they have a Tall Ships festival every summer. Such a beautiful event! I hope when this ship leaves port I get to shoot some of it with the sails risen.