Tall ships are a part of our shared human history, and everyone knows that sailors tell the best stories. Join Erin Short of Tall Ships America as she discovers the people behind these iconic vessels and what it truly means to be a traditional sailor in a modern world. Every month, we sit down and get to know each other over a pint of beer or a cup of tea. Sea stories, inspiration, and a little bit of everything else.
Just no shanties, please.
Episode 12 – I’m just your typical small town sailor: Captain Alex Peacock aboard Spirit of Bermuda (and sometimes Lynx)
Join Erin as she talks to Captain Alex Peacock, current captain with Spirit of Bermuda and sometime captain with Tall Ship Lynx. We discuss sailing to Cuba, where the barter system is alive and well, a furry first mate that spoke to dolphins, and the joy of watching students have their eureka moment. For those keeping track, this is the fifth time Erin mentions the Welland Canal. Ships mentioned in this episode: Schooner Adventure, Bagheera, Bounty, C.W. Morgan, Eagle, Lynx, Pride of Baltimore II, Spirit of Bermuda, Timberwind, Wendameen.
Episode 11 – I absolutely love the first day: Captain Jill Hughes aboard Geronimo
Join Erin as she talks to Captain Jill Hughes with the tall ship Geronimo of St. Georges School in Middletown, RI. We start in Buffalo, New York, and sail to Greenland, the Caribbean, South Pacific and the Mediterranean. Along the way, we discover that Captain Hughes does not have an aptitude for being a galley cook but will always give 100%. She discusses working with high school students on a 70′ vessel and what we can learn from the Danish tall ships. I also mention the Welland Canal, again, and tell a story about a bear on board a tall ship. Ships mentioned: Bowdoin, Corwith Cramer, Danmark, USCGC Barque EAGLE, George Stage, Gulden Leeuw, Harvey Gamage, U.S. Brig Niagara, Sloop Providence, Pride of Baltimore II, Sorlandet, Westward, The Boat Company. Programs mentioned: A+ World Academy, Ocean Classroom Foundation, Sea Education Association, Sail Training International, URI Marine Affairs Department
Episode 10 – Our lives matter. Our history matters: Keith Stokes with 1696 Heritage Group
Join Nic as he talks to Keith Stokes about African heritage in colonial and early American maritime colonies, with a focus on Newport, Rhode Island. Keith explains how free and enslaved Africans contributed to the Atlantic maritime world, and the major differences between what slavery looked like in northern and southern colonies & states. Keith also addresses how Africans viewed fellow Africans, free and enslaved, that participated in the slave trade. You can view more of Keith’s work at 1696 Heritage Group.
Episode 9 – Ships and the sea are a wonderful thing: Simon Colley with TRUSTLabs
Join Erin as she talks to Simon Colley, founder of TRUSTLabs, providing leadership training and professional development and coaching services to law firms. From Sydney, Australia to the island of Bermuda, we’d be hard pressed to name a tall ship he hasn’t sailed aboard. We dive into the small world of working with at risk youth aboard tall ships, how to go to the bathroom on Outward Bound open boat expeditions (spoiler alert, there is no toilet on board), and the unique rig of the sloop Spirit of Bermuda. Tall ships mentioned: Bill of Rights, Bounty (AUS), Californian, Pride of Baltimore II, Spirit of Bermuda, Spirit of Massachusetts, Tecla, Tole Mour, Urania. Programs mentioned in this episode: Sea Education Association (SEA), VisionQuest, Outward Bound (outwardbound.org), and Ocean Classroom.
Episode 8 – I’m too curious, it’s a real problem: Bronwen Livingston with Class Afloat and Barque Picton Castle
Join Erin as she speaks with Bronwen Livingston of Class Afloat, Barque Picton Castle, and the Nova Scotia Seamanship Education Society. We start her journey with a midnight phone call, sail around the South Pacific, make a detour to the Northwest Territories of Canada, and rediscover hope. Organizations mentioned: Class Afloat, Barque Picton Castle, Nova Scotia Seamanship Education Society, Bark Europa.
Episode 7 – We are not a vacation destination: Joe Lengieza aboard U.S. Brig Niagara
Listen in on Erin’s quiet conversation with Joe Lengieza of the U.S. Brig Niagara in Erie, Pennsylvania (flagshipniagara.org). We start in the fields of Ohio, head to Europe (twice), and meander our way back to Pennsylvania. Along the way we talk about what life is like aboard Niagara, mid-Atlantic doldrums, and what U.S.S. Constellation smells like. Ships mentioned in this episode: U.S.S. Constellation, U.S.S. Constitution, Highlander Sea, Pride of Baltimore II
Episode 6 – I Love Rowdy Science! Captain Rachael Miller with Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean
Join Erin as she learns everything there is to know about microplastics and marine debris with Captain Rachael Miller, co-founder of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean (rozaliaproject.org), captain aboard American Promise and founder/CEO of the Cora Ball (coraball.com). We dive into Rachael’s research, her passion for the ocean, a top-hat wearing ROV, and a deeply disturbing fact about beer. Ships mentioned in this episode: Adventuress, AJ Meerwald, Tole Mour, Westward and Sea Education Association.
This was recorded back in April and was the second interview we conducted due to technical issues the first time around. This interview has been edited to include both conversations.
Episode 5 – I’m a bit of a romantic: Corey Roy aboard Schooner Virginia
Join Erin as she gets to know Corey Roy with Schooner Virginia and the Nauticus Foundation in Norfolk, VA. From small boats in the middle of Oregon to tall ships in Virginia, Corey shares his journey to first mate aboard Virginia. We talk about the romance of sailing and adventure, have really nice things to say about the volunteers, and be sure to listen for the lame Total Recall joke. Ships mentioned in this episode: Alliance, American Rover, Lynx, Norfolk Rebel.
Episode 4 – I’m a pollywog: Captain Jen Haddock with SEA
Join Erin as she chats it up with Captain Jen Haddock with Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA. We journey through Jen’s career as she recounts her start in the tall ships world . . . washing dishes. We talk about sporty weather in New Zealand, the joy of a really big salad and crossing the equator for the first time. Mentioned in this episode: Corwith Cramer, Robert C. Seamans, Ocean Star, Westward, Bowdoin, and Hurricane Island Outward Bound.
Episode 3 – We Protest and We Burn Stuff: The Gaspee Affair with Nic Hardisty and Shane Allen
America has a centuries-old tradition of radical protests and on this episode, historian and Tall Ships America program coordinator Nic Hardisty and historian Shane Allen discuss one of the earliest ones- the 1772 burning of the HMS Gaspee. We’ve got tall ships, smuggling, a chase through Narragansett Bay, and an uncomfortable musket shot!
Episode 2 – A Little Bathtubby: Captain Mike Fiorentino aboard Schooner Sultana
Join Erin as she chats with Mike Fiorentino, captain aboard Schooner Sultana in Chestertown, Maryland. They discuss sailing to Antarctica, the summer of short shorts, and Sultana’s weird sail plan. Mentioned in this episode: Europa, Pride of Baltimore II, Rock the Boat, Living Classroom Foundation, International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), South Street Seaport Museum.
Episode 1 – Tea Sets for Elves: Ian Bova aboard U.S. Brig Niagara
It’s our first episode! Erin chats with Ian Bova, head cook aboard U.S. Brig Niagara in Erie, Pennsylvania (www.flagshipniagara.org). They talk about the unifying nature of Taco Tuesday, the Dutch love of chocolate sprinkles, and tea sets for elves. Ships mentioned in this episode: Nina and Pinta, Lettie G. Howard, Oosterschelde, Blue Clipper and Draken Harald Hårfagre.
Trailer – April 8, 2020 – Talking Ship: Meet Erin Short and A Barque, a Brig, and a Schooner . . .
We love tall ships! We love talking about them, we love being around them, and we love talking to people who sail them. So, while life has slowed down a wee bit during self-quarantining, Tall Ships America’s Erin Short decided that this would be the perfect time to call up some sailor friends and talk ship. Just, please, no shanties.