Crescent Pilots Bring the Tall Ships up the River for the Tricentennial Celebration
THE CRESCENT PILOTS DONATED THEIR TIME AND GIFTS TO BRING THESE 144 YEAR OLD SHIPS UP THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI.
"Visitors and residents who gather at the Mississippi River on Thursday will be treated to a rare sight: four sailing ships making their way — with a little help from tugboats — to their weekend berths near the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
The "tall ships," which have been motoring up the river this week to help celebrate the city’s tricentennial, are scheduled to arrive just after noon Thursday and will be open for free on-deck tours through the weekend.
Given the potential complications of a 120-mile journey up the river, the original window for their arrival was as late as 5 p.m. But the voyages of the Elissa, the Picton Castle, the Oosterschelde and the Oliver Hazard Perry went without a hitch, with all four ships arriving Wednesday at their anchorage near Arabi, a short final leg from downtown New Orleans."