Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Sail Training Day

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on January 25, 2015

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I had to run an errand at the Texas Seaport Museum Saturday, and realized it was a sail training day. At least they had good weather for it.

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  1. Christopher Shelley said, on January 25, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Gorgeous! What can you tell us (or link us to) about this beautiful ship?

  2. Christopher Shelley said, on January 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Beautiful barque, then. But she’s lovely.

  3. Reed (the original, accept no substitutes) said, on January 26, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Fine looking ship.

    (And for some reason I have an urge to make a pun about this ship and nautical knot-tying that ends: “his barque was worse than his bight.” Can anyone suggest a set-up?)

    • Andy Hall said, on January 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      I’ll pass that one along to some of my Elissa buddies.

  4. Leo said, on January 27, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I can only imagine what the harbor looked like back in the day of tall ships.

    Although not a sailing ship, I can remember going down to the Yazoo River in my youth and looking for the Star of the West when the water was low. I believe the Confederates sunk her in the river to prevent U.S. forces from reaching Vicksburg. Anyway, you could see shapes and something that looked like a mast. I am sure the boat is mostly rotted away by now.

    Another interesting side note about the Star of the West is that she was fired upon by cadets from the Citadel just a few weeks after South Carolina seceded.

  5. Leo said, on January 27, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I decided to go check some sources on Star of the West. I was apparently wrong about the Star of the West being used to prevent U.S. forces from reaching Vicksburg. That was the story I always heard growing up in Greenwood. Anyway, she was scuttled by Confederate troops.

    Now I know.


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