Tall ships leave Charlottetown in grand style

Brian McInnis bmcinnis@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on September 1, 2014

The Sea Change is hard over during a stiff breeze as she prepares to leave Charlottetown.

©Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

There was a time when ships of sail were a common sight and the Charlottetown harbour, along with all the wharfs that dotted its shoreline and shorelines all over P.E.I., played host to hundreds of ships at a time. 

They were the work horses that brought the goods to Prince Edward Island and then were used to transport the Island's raw materials and finished goods around the world. They also brought new people to populate the Island, but also took Islanders away from home in hopes of finding a better life.


And for a time this past week Charlottetown once again played host to tall ships during the 2014 Founders Week celebrations. They left the city in style Sunday night by staging a sail past to salute the hospitality of Islanders.

The Confederation Landing Park and the former Canadian Coast Guard wharf were lined with people watching the spectacle. By far the the best vantage point was the former coast guard wharf that has been recently in the news as discussions continue as to its future.