Have you ever rode on a Tall Ship? You know- the ones that used to tear up the oceans carrying people, parcels and pirates?
Recently I was able to get my hands on some tickets to take a ride on the "Tall Ship Kajama" that sails out of the main quay in Toronto's harbour. It was biting cold that day, but the kids were eager!!
This is what Kajama looks like when she is at full-sail on a glorious blue-skied day.
Unfortunately there was no sun or blue skies on our sailing day, but that didn't stop the kids and my husband from helping to pull the rigging and lift the sails.
Out of the harbour we went. The sails flapped in the strong winds and we searched for the perfect vantage points in which to view the water and the city of Toronto.
This was obviously some well-used rope. It was frayed and sea-scraped, but still strong enough to lace the ship to the dock while it rests between journeys.
This box made my oldest son, Bryn, a little nervous.
"Are we going to need them, Mom?" :)
We were chased throughout the harbour by several smaller crafts that sped through the water with the aid of the high winds. A few tumbled over with less-experienced drivers. Brrr... that water would have been terribly cold!
The views looking back at Toronto were amazing. We could see and name many key buildings like the Rogers Centre, The Royal York Hotel and of course, the world-famous CN Tower.
Overall, it was a marvellous outing though we all agreed we wished we had worn more clothing.
Luckily the ship ride itself was exciting enough that any memories of the frigid cold are but little ones in the scheme of the whole afternoon!
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