Tall ship makes surprise visit to Amherstburg

 

"Liana's Ransom" sails away from Amherstburg after a brief visit July 23. The ship left Sault Ste. Marie July 20 and aims to be in Port Dover later today (July 24).

“Liana’s Ransom” sails away from Amherstburg after a brief visit July 23. The ship left Sault Ste. Marie July 20 and aims to be in Port Dover later today (July 24).

The Liana's Ransom, based out of Halifax, sits docked along the King's Navy Yard Park July 23.

The Liana’s Ransom, based out of Halifax, sits docked along the King’s Navy Yard Park July 23.

Liana's Ransom leaves Amherstburg en route to Port Dover where it was scheduled to arrive July 24. The tall ship leaves as the freighter Algosea heads through the channel July 23.

Liana’s Ransom leaves Amherstburg en route to Port Dover where it was scheduled to arrive July 24. The tall ship leaves as the freighter Algosea heads through the channel July 23.

By Ron Giofu

Tall ship enthusiasts who happened to be in or near King’s Navy Yard Park July 23 received a surprise.

The tall ship “Liana’s Ransom” was passing by Amherstburg when it made an impromptu stop in town. The ship had left Sault Ste. Marie July 19 and was aiming to be in Port Dover by July 24. The ship had been in town to promote the Sails to See Festival last year.

“(Captain Joe Tilley) remembered what a lovely town it was and he wanted to stop, have an ice cream and pick up supplies,” said crew member Mackenzie Fraser.

Liana’s Ransom left its home in Halifax in mid-May and is touring various municipalities along the Great Lakes through mid-September.

“We just came because the town looked so lovely,” said Tilley.

Tilley said the town wasn’t an “official port” for the Sails to See Festival last year but did come in during the summer for a brief stay as the festival was being promoted.

“We fell in love with this little town,” he said. “We dropped the sails, made a U-turn and pulled into dock.”

Tilley joked they “loaded up on ice cream” during their short visit. The visit couldn’t have lasted much longer as town staff attended to voice concerns with the ship being tied to the rail of the park, however that didn’t dampen the crew’s feelings towards the community.

“It’s a lovely town,” said Tilley. “We love Amherstburg.”

Liana’s Ransom’s return to Halifax in September will see them be at home for only a short time. They will leave their home port for several months Oct. 1.

“We’ll spend our winter in the Caribbean,” said Tilley.

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