With Beauty and Grace, The 2006 Tall Ships Arrive in Bay City
(All Photos by Julie Munger)
Bay City Opens Arms and Bridges To Welcome Tall Ships - 2006
Crowds Line Both Sides of the Saginaw River as 'The Fleet' Rolls In
July 20, 2006
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By: O. J. Cunningham
The sights and sounds of summer filled the air on Thursday afternoon as the Tall Ships Fleet - 2006 Edition - arrived in downtown Bay City.
It is the third visit to the Bay City port for the Tall Ships who in 2003, voted Bay City the number one port city in the USA.
Families and friends gathered along the shores of the Saginaw River to welcome the mid-afternoon parade of ships. Canons fired and Fire Truck boats spewed water high into the air to help create a festive afternoon event.
The Waterfall Park was packed with onlookers. The Tiki Lounge was standing room only. Every table at Hooters was packed. Digital cameras clicked and video cameras whirred as everyone tried to capture one of the great visual events of the summer.
Below:(Left) Bay City's own, Appledore sails into Bay City Harbor, loaded with locals, hoping to get an up-close look at the visiting schooners. (Right) Sightseers jam the decks of the Princess Wenona hoping to get a closer look at the great ships.
Below:(Right) Hooters Manager Leon Prieur was pleased with the turnout at Hooters on Thursday. "Great crowd. Great Day," said Prieur. (Left) Hooters bartender, Sarah Felton was enjoying the ships as they passed by. "We've been extremely busy all afternoon," Felton said. "The ships really bring the people into town. Just the way we like it."
Below:(Left) Charlotte and Laura posed for a photo opportunity. "This is such a great event," Charlotte said. "We wouldn't miss it." (Right) (L/R) Cean & A.J. were the "unofficial" winners of the MyBayCity "Who can name an REO Speedwagon Song?" Contest. A.J. claimed the prize for her team by coming up with the REO Speedwagon song title -- You can tune a piano . . . But you can't tuna fish.
Below:(Left) Boaters were everywhere on the river, trying to get a closer look at the Tall Ships as they approached downtown Bay City. (Right) One of the Tall Ships Parade highlights was the water-spewing fire truck boat.
O. J. Cunningham
O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of MyBayCity.com. Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.
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