Pittsburgh to Erie - Army Buddies and Sailing Ships

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  1. cakmakli

    cakmakli Made It - Army Retired

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    Since retiring from the Army, I rarely get a chance to see old friends but recently I decided to take a trip from Pittsburgh to Erie to kill two birds with one stone. This was the weekend of “Tall Ships of Erie”. I have a fascination with sailing ships and I have an old Army buddy that lives in Erie so I decided now was the perfect time to make a ride to Erie.

    The sailing ships that docked in Erie consisted of a replica of the Bounty, the Pride of Baltimore II, and of course the Flagship Niagara, and others. LINK

    I left the house at 0700 and planned to take my time and ride all the way over up HWY 18 and then over to Erie on HWY 20.

    Not really what I wanted to see on my way up.
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    But the Detour turned out to be not so bad and was in fact on some pretty good roads (except for the one covered in fresh gravel).
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    A cool Mural
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    I finally made it to Erie where I met my friend Ski at his house for some coffee before we headed over to the Docks. Ski is a very interesting character.
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    A nice looking church in Erie.
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    Erie's Finest
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    Nice Electra Glide
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    I'm out of time so I'll have to post pictures of the ships and finish the trip up tomorrow.
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  2. Kodanja

    Kodanja Been here awhile

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    Great! I'm really looking forward to this report and the ships! I plan to visit Buffalo someday to see the Darwin D. Martin house (Frank Lloyd Wright) and of course the falls, but now knowing the ships are so close, I'm in!

    And thanks so much for serving our country!
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  3. cakmakli

    cakmakli Made It - Army Retired

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    This is replica of the infamous Bounty of Captain Bligh fame. The odd thing about the mutiny is that it may have happened because he was too lax in discipline and not because he was harsh on his crew like is shown in the movies.

    This is also the ship that was used in the film Pirates of the Caribbean

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    Cardboard Boat Races. The white one sank before it got much farther.
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    There were plenty of food. It all looked good. The hard part was deciding on what to get.
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    The Gyro was as good as it looks and so was the rice
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    With the mid-term elections right around the corner, the Politicians were out in force. This was Dan Onorato who is running for Governor of PA. With the way things are looking he stands a very good chance of getting elected.
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    The last person I met running for Governor was Carlos Camacho. He ended up getting elected as Governor of Guam when I was stationed there. So who knows, I might go 2 for 2.
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    Not only was the Politicians out but so was the Law. Since this was 9-11 they were out in force.

    The Coast Guard
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    The PA State Police
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  4. cakmakli

    cakmakli Made It - Army Retired

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    The next ship that we visited was the USS Niagara, also called Flagship Niagara because it was the Flagship used by Oliver Hazard Perry during the War of 1812.

    During the Battle of Lake Erie, the USS Lawrence was knocked out of commission so Perry lowered his famous battle flag with the words, "Don't Give Up The Ship" and transferred to the USS Niagara. He took command of the ship and with it and the rest of the fleet defeated the British.

    It was sunk for preservation on Presque Isle, Erie in 1820 and raised in 1913 where it went though several restorations. It now rests in Erie, PA and takes regular cruises.

    Flagship Niagara at home.
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    Prize Money Awarded to the Crew. Depended upon rank it was 2 - 10 times their annual salary.
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    The next ship was the Pride of Baltimore II. Here is a little bit about the ship courtesy of Wikipedia:

    "The Pride of Baltimore was an authentic reproduction of a 19th century Baltimore clipper topsail schooner commissioned by citizens of Baltimore, Maryland. It was lost at sea with four of its twelve crew on May 14, 1986. The Pride of Baltimore II, a replica vessel of more modern design commissioned to replace the Pride in 1988, now sails as a Goodwill Ambassador from Baltimore and the State of Maryland."

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    That was all the ships that I had time for. I would have love to have stayed another day but I had a prior engagement back in Pittsburgh that I couldn't miss. Before I left though we did have time to top it off with a cold refreshment.

    Yuengling makes the world a better place.
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    To old friends.
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    Going home
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  5. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Nice, thank you. :thumb
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  6. Kodanja

    Kodanja Been here awhile

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    Great Pics! Thanks for posting.
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  7. Que

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    Nice ride and pics. Good job
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    :clap
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  9. cakmakli

    cakmakli Made It - Army Retired

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    I want to thank everyone for their support. Even though I have read a lot of reports this was my first one. It sure is easier to read them then to post them.

    Hopefully the next one will be better.
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  10. GB

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    Beautiful ships!! The ride is usually the destination, but in this case, the destination is really worth the ride! :thumb
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  11. ADVer

    ADVer Been here awhile

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    Beautiful pictures and a great RR - especially for your first RR.
    Now get back to some local tagging - the SCR tag's been sitting awhile!:wink:
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  12. cakmakli

    cakmakli Made It - Army Retired

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    Haha. I've been thinking about that for quite awhile, I've just been busy. I have stuff to do the next three days but if it's still there Sunday....
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  13. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    hoo rah! army/navy retired here. great job on the ride report. all those lines running all over the place, i don't see how they kept them all straight! i mean which one does what.
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  14. cakmakli

    cakmakli Made It - Army Retired

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    Your user name wouldn't have anything to do with what you did in the Navy would it?

    Imagine after a battle trying to splice all those lines that was cut back together.

    Anyway from one retiree to another :beer
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  15. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    it most certainly does. builder in the seabees, mp in the army. :freaky
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  16. cakmakli

    cakmakli Made It - Army Retired

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    Why I was a little Mud Puppy too.

    Went through McClellan in 88.
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  17. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    ft bennin ga. in 96. switched over to the army to sign up with the joint counter narcotics task force here on the border, and wound up going to bosnia instead. 805 mp co out of ralley nc.
    my basic training, or boot camp as it's called in the navy, was in san diego in 85.
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  18. Dru

    Dru Hardly an Adventurer

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    Great report! Sad that the Bounty was lost in hurricane Sandy...
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  19. cakmakli

    cakmakli Made It - Army Retired

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    It was a great looking ship. I'm not a big ocean person but some reason I really love sailing ships. Would love to have sailed on a Clipper.
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