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Tall ship fleet bound for Great Lakes

Although it began last year, the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 will show its real fire power this summer, when Tall Ships America’s bi-national Tall Ships Challenge series of races and family friendly public maritime festivals sets sail throughout the Great Lakes.

In collaboration with local port organizers, Tall Ships America has scheduled visits from members of a fleet of 25 world-class tall ships to 22 U.S. and Ontario communities.

The festivities begin on June 14-16 with the Brockville (Ontario) Tall Ships 1812 Tour and culminate Sept. 6-8 with the Tall Ships Erie event (Erie, Pennsylvania), but not before a historic re-enactment of the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie in Put-in-Bay (Ohio) on Sept. 2.

“Two countries, five Great Lakes, over 25 participating tall ships, 22 port appearances, five races, and millions of visitors — this is our biggest Tall Ships Challenge series to date in terms of ports, impact and numbers,” Tall Ships America executive director Bert Rogers said.

For a full list of participating ships in the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2013, visit