Tall ships arrive to celebrate city's Tricentennial

Updated: Apr. 18, 2018 at 7:26 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two of six historic tall ships made their way to New Orleans to celebrate the city's Tricentennial.

"Lynx" is docked at Pontchartrain Landing, while "When and If" landed at Seabrooke Marina along the Industrial Canal.

The tall ships made their trip from Pensacola, Florida.

"We had a nice trip here. We had some unbelievable sailing last night. Beautiful sunset, doing about seven and a half, eight knots," Captain Alex Peacock said.

Some sailors made the initial trip from Galveston to Pensacola.

"My experience was quite enjoyable for most of the trip. We left Galveston just after a cold front came through so it was cold and windy, and when we got out in the gulf of Mexico, the ship bounced around a little bit," Skipper Chenault said.

Lynx is modeled after a privateer from the War of 1812.

"It's traditional sailing in the aspect that all these people that are working aboard, rarely are they doing it for the money. They're doing it for the experience and the fact they really want to share experiences of traditional sailing," Captain Donald Peacock said.

Similar to the original, the ship is manned with guns.

"These were to threaten the British merchants to give up their cargo. You didn't want to put a ship on the bottom that you might want to sell. So you would use these as a threat and then you would board and command the commerce," Peacock said.

"When and If" was built by naval architect John Alden and commissioned in 1938.

"General George Patton had her commissioned, so she's got a lot of history for that and was in the Patton family for the early 70s," First Mate Sean Flynn said.

Four tall ships will be docked along Woldenberg Riverfront Park, while Lynx and When and If will sail in Lake Pontchartrain.

Events at Woldenberg Park are free to the public to check out until Sunday.

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