Tall ships grace Kenosha harbor for festival

2004-08-09T00:00:00Z Tall ships grace Kenosha harbor for festivalBy Michael Burke Journal Times
August 09, 2004 12:00 am  • 

Kenosha's latest tall ships festival is mostly finished, except for the sailing-off-into-the-sunset part.

But, there is still one more chance to get on deck of one of the historic vessels.

The U.S. Cellular Kenosha Days of Discovery wound up Sunday after having attracted a reported 50,000 people. The event was geared to history, the environment, youth education and to highlighting Kenosha's location on Lake Michigan.

Days of Discovery, which began Wednesday, was the second time Kenosha has hosted the historic sailing vessels. The first event was held last year.

Although the ships have begun departing from the harbor, the sailing vessel Denis Sullivan will stay through Friday. It is a 137-foot replica of an 18th century Great Lakes schooner.

People can take a 90-minute sail aboard the vessel, which costs $25 for adults and $15 for children. Call (414) 276-7700 for more information.

The other ships of this year's Days of Discovery were:

* HMS Bounty, of the British Admiralty in 1787. It will leave Tuesday.

* The U.S. Brig Niagara, a 198-foot brig from the War of 1812. It reportedly is the largest wooden sailing ship in the Great Lakes.

* The Highlander Sea, a 154-foot schooner from Port Huron, Mich., that was built in 1924.

* The 71-foot Neeskay, the primary environmental research vessel from the Great Lakes Water Institute in Milwaukee.

* The Windy II, a four-masted schooner. It and its sister ship, Windy, are normally found at Navy Pier in Chicago.

All the vessels promote history, sail training and the environment as their missions.

The 2003 U.S. Cellular Kenosha Days of Discovery brought an estimated $1.2 million economic impact to the area in visitor expenditures, according to Mary Galligan, president of the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

It was also held, she said, so Kenosha could promote its lakefront and create a good impression with visitors.

Proceeds from the Days of Discovery will underwrite science and leadership learning programs for Kenosha youths.

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