Sunday, December 31, 2006

Fair winds in 2007 !

To all the ships at sea:

Fair winds and following seas in 2007 !

And with thanks to Shtandart, a greeting card for the occasion.

Sorry about the lack of upkeep on my blog. Simply got into too much travel, conferences, and distractions to keep up my routine. Hopefully this will get me back into the flow for the year, 2007.

Please let me hear from you, and your vessels, and your sailing schedules. I will try to accomodate all information and photos for the year.

Over and out, thad

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Oct. 29, 2006, Golden Gate Tall Ships Society

On October 29th, approximately from 7 PM to 8 PM, there will be a sldie-show on tall ships sponsored by the Golden Gate Tall Ships Society at the Sausalito Yacht Club. The hour-long show will focus on Class A tall ships, and participants int he west coast tall ships challenge of 2005. The speaker will be Thad Koza.

The slide show will be an adjunct to the opening of a tall ships photogrpahy exhibit at the 1st Presbyterian Church on Bridgeway in Saulsalito, sponsored by the Golden Gate Tall Ships Society.
The exhibit will open onthe afternoon of Ocotber 29th.

For details, contact Alice Cochran at:

Thursday, September 28, 2006

the DAR in 2008

The DAR MLODZIEZY is coming to the west coast in 2008.

Planned ports to visit include: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tacoma, Seattle,a nd Victoira BC.

If you are interested in joining a welcome committee or planning committe, contact:

Hal Barstow at : or

Thad Koza at:

There will be a fund-raising and organizing diner at Ports' O'Call in San Pedro on November 4th, 2007, please contact Hal, for tickets and reservations, ASAP at:

Baltic Sail 2007

Baltic Sail, the partnership of sevearl Baltic ports to create and support a number of maritime festivals for traditional sailing vessels appears to have become both more organized, and more serious in its planning and scheduling.

Here are the ports, dates and contact for the series fo festival in 2007:

Baltic Sail 2007

Halmstad Marinfestival & Baltic Sail
July 19th-22nd, 2007

Sail Gdańsk
July 26-29th, 2007

Sea Festival, Klaipeda
July 27th-29th, 2007

Sail Karlskrona
Aug.2-5th, 2007

Hanse Sail 2007, Rostock
August 9th-12th,2007

Baltic Sail Helsingor
Aug. 17th-19th, 2007

Baltic Sail Travemünde
August 23rd-28th, 2007

I will try to establih LINKS with the festivals, and provide updates, and lists of ships expected.

If you have information to add, or questions to ask, e-mail me at:

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

the DAR 2008


Swedish schooner HAMLET

The Swedish schoner, HAMLET.

LOA: 111' 6"
Beam: 22' 4"
Draft: 9'
Year built : 1936
Homeport: Skarhamn, SWEDEN


(Photo taken, August 2006, Rostock, HANSE SAIL)

Monday, September 25, 2006


The German vessel, NINIVE. Photogrpah taken August 2006, Hanse Sail, Rostock


The GOTLAND, p[hotograph taken, August 2006, Hanse Sail, Rostock.

Friday, September 22, 2006

tallship NIAGARA

The replica of a 19th century American gunboat, NIAGARA, in the "Parade of Sail", Chicago, August 3, 2006.


The webpage for HIGHLANDER SEA is at:


FRIENDS GOOD WILL can be reached at:

Thursday, September 21, 2006

tallship MEANDER

Another Dutch schooner, the MEANDER.
Photograph taken August, 2006 in Rostock.

Swedish brig GERDA

The brig GERDA operates in Stockholm, Sweden.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

German tallship RYVAR

Photograph taken at Hanse Sail, Rostock, Augsut 2006

tallship MERCEDES

The new Dutch brig, MERCEDES.

"Wind is our Friend"

Captain Oliver Wipperfuth can be reached: mailto:

The Brig's webpage is:

Postal address is : MERCEDES
Grebiner Weg 54
24148 Kiel, GERMANY

Friday, September 08, 2006

tallship DAR MLODZIEZY 2006/2008

A fund-raising and organizational dinner for the expected visit of the Polish sail-training vessel, DAR MLODZIEZY, to California in 2008, is being held on Nov. 4th 2006. See attached invitation, the general public is invited.
Contact, Hal Barstow, at:

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles
The Polish American Congress of Southern California
The Los Angeles Maritime Institute
The Gdynia Maritime University

Invite you to dinner
and a slide presentation of the Polish tall ships to announce the upcoming voyage to the U.S. by the University’s sail training vessel

Dar Mlodziezy
Saturday November 4, 2006

Where: Ports O’Call Restaurant in Ports O’ Call Village, San Pedro, California
When: Reception (no host bar) 6:00p.m.
Dinner 7:00p.m.
Tickets: $50

Advance payment by check payable to “Los Angeles Maritime Institute” must be received by October 27, 2006 to guarantee your reservation.
Please indicate “Dinner for Dar” on your check and mail to:

L.A. Maritime Institute
Berth 84, Foot of Sixth Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Russian tall ship SHTANDART

The replica made to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the city St. Petersburg, and the sailing fleet of Peter the Great in 2003. SHTANDART.

Gallantly skippered by Capt Vladimir Martus, the webpage for SHTANDART is:

Captain Martus can be reached at:

Photo taken on 12 August 2006, Rostock, GERMANY

German sail-training vessel GORCH FOCK II

The German tallship, GORCH FOCK II, will participate in the 2007 tall ships challenge, and in Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007.

Photographs taken on 12 August, 2006, Rostock.

tallship GREIF, Germany

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The "Four Reefs" or "cztery refy"

A sea shanty group from Poland that visited Bay City during the tall ships festival, and also earlier int he summer in Chicago. They are international in scope, and most likely will be in Szczecin 2007 next year !

or e-mail their leader, jerzy Rogacki,


The German ketch, with the delightful, "skyblue" topsail. Rostock, August 2006



Dutch schooner MARIE GALLANTE

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


The schooner HIGHLANDER SEA from Port Huron, MI in the "Parade of Sail", Chicago, 3 August 2006

schooner RED WITCH

The schooner RED WITCH departing for the "Parade of Sail" on 3 August 2006.


The schooner LIBERTY CLIPPER can be seen at sunset daily, in Boston harbor.
Shots taken in June 2006

Monday, September 04, 2006

Dutch tall ship J. R. TOLKIEN

The Dutch topsail schooner, J. R. TOLKIEN, 137' LOA.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

tall ships 2007 SZCZECIN

The "recruiting crew" from the SZCZECIN 2007 committee in Antwerp visting and inviting ships fromt he tall shups fleet to Szczecin for August 2007.


Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Danish schooner, NORDLYSET II

The 105 ' Danish schooner, NORDLYSET II was built in 1894 !

She has been cited as a vessel worthy of Preservation and maintenance by Danish Maritime Heritage committees.

tallship HELENE


Swedish tallship ATENE


A new Finnish entry to the fleet at Rostock 2006, was the JOHANNA SATURNA.


Her LOA is: 111' 6"
Beam: 19' 8"
Draft: 9' 4"

Homeport: Uusikanpunki, FINLAND

Shots taken at Hanse Sail, Rostock, August 2006


The FRYDERYK CHOPIN, a brig, is to be chartered by Ocean Afloat, from Halifx Nova Scotia for the next 2 years, 2007-2008.

It is expected that she will participate in SZCZECIN 2007.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Questions & Answers

I am not able to answer questions, if you leave only an anonymous response address.

Send your e-mail direct to

and I will try to respond. Thanks. thad

Friday, August 25, 2006

tall ship STORTEMELK

The Dutch schooner STORTEMELK, which is from a partícular maritime locale, which gives it the name, "stormy milk". It means where the river meets the sea, and is churned to a "foamy, creamy, sea."

To contact STORTEMELK, mailto:

Mike de Johnge
Seissingel 44
4334 AA Middelburg

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


The figurehead.


The stern light of the VESPUCCI at sunset.

the figurehead of Amerigo Vespucci, from his namesake ship.


SEA CLOUD II arrived in Antwerp this morning to discharge a group of passengers, and to take another group on board. Security was tight around the vessel as she tied up to the pier, but she looked remarkedly "smoother" with an even coat of white enamel on her hull, and an impressive figurehead.

Details to follow.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

tallship ASTRID

The brig ASTRID.

The ASTRID charetes during the summer and fall from Amsterdam, and sails in the North and Baltic seas, and also, along the Dutch-German coast. To reach the ship, go to the webpage, or contact Captain Lauren de Haas.

mailto: mailto:

tallship ARTEMIS

The ARTEMIS from Amsterdam.

Contact information to follow.

tall ship LADY ELLEN

The topsail schooner LADY ELLEN; from Stockholm.

Contact information to follow.