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Three historic tall ships have been added to the fleet that will dock in Green Bay during the Nicolet Bank Tall Ships festival July 26-28: the Pride of Baltimore II, the Bluenose II and the Utopia.

The festival, which last stopped in Green Bay in 2016, will feature nine tall ships, including the Santa Maria, which was the first ship announced in February. 

The Pride of Baltimore II was designed as a “sailing memorial” to the Pride of Baltimore, which sank just north of Puerto Rico in May 1986. The Pride of Baltimore II now serves communities worldwide with youth programs, overnight crew experiences, deck tours, private sailing charters, dockside receptions and day sails. Each year, the ship serves approximately 100,000 people. It has sailed more than 250,000 nautical miles to 200 ports in 40 countries.

The Bluenose II is replica of the original Bluenose schooner that was launched in 1921 and raced undefeated in international competition for 17 years. Its home port is in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and its mission is to promote the history and legacy of the Bluenose and teach and promote seamanship and life skills to young Canadians. 

The Utopia is a 77-foot staysail schooner designed by the late Fred J. Peterson and built by Peterson Builders. Its maiden sea voyage was in 1947 when it cruised the North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and Caribbean islands. In 1956, Peterson and his crew embarked on a three-year cruise around the world. It is estimated the Utopia has logged more than 60,000 miles. Peterson donated Utopia to the Inland Seas Education Association, and the ship will offer remotely operated vehicle workshops during the event.

Two tall ships festivals

Green Bay is one of two Wisconsin cities that will host festivals as part of the Tall Ships Challenge in the Great Lakes. Kenosha will host its own event Aug. 1-4, featuring seven tall ships including the Pride of Baltimore II and the Bluenose II.

Both festivals include ship tours and day sails.

The Green Bay festival will also feature the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, live music, fireworks and kids' activities. Day sails start at $60 per person; tickets for all events are on sale now at tallshipswisconsin.com.

After the Green Bay festival, some of the ships will sail through Sturgeon Bay on July 29, Algoma on July 30 and on to Kenosha for that city's festival Aug. 1-4.

Kenosha's festival will also feature live music and kids' activities. But the tall ships will be the star of the festival, including Kenosha's own Red Witch, a wooden schooner that is modeled after those that once sailed the Great Lakes. Milwaukee's S/V Denis Sullivan will also be at the Kenosha festival. Tickets for day sails on some of the ships start at $55 and are available now at kenoshatallships.com.

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