Plans for this summer’s Tall Ships event taking shape

Replica of one of Christopher Columbus' ships is confirmed to be part of August 9-11 celebration

Organizers of this summer’s Tall Ships Celebration have confirmed the appearance of a replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ ships.

The Nao Santa Maria, which was built two years ago to celebrate the 525th anniversary of Columbus’ landing in the New World, pays homage to one of the most famous ships known to mankind, having played a main role in the famed explorer’s visit.

Title sponsorships by the Carpenters Local 1256 and Imperial Oil are making the visit of the Nao Santa Maria possible, say organizers.

“We are ecstatic about welcoming the Nao Santa Maria to Sarnia-Lambton,” said Vicky Praill, Special Events and Sports Marketing Coordinator at Tourism Sarnia-Lambton. “This is truly an international event with her addition and we couldn’t be happier.”

Plans are to have the vessels visiting as part of the August 9-11, 2019 event berthed at Sarnia Harbour.

Confirmed ships in addition to the Nao Santa Maria include the Bluenose II, Picton Castle, Empire Sandy, Fair Jeanne, and Appledore IV.

The position of the festival, which also incorporates Bluewater Borderfest and ARTZscape by the Bay, will still remain at Centennial Park adjacent to Sarnia Harbour.

“Sarnia Harbour is the perfect site to safely accommodate these amazing ships and was also the site of the 2003 Tall Ships Festival, which is the last time Sarnia welcomed the Tall Ships,” said Rob Harwood, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Sarnia.

Ticket sales so far are going strong, both online and in person, at the Venetian Blvd. office of Tourism Sarnia-Lambton and Sarnia City Call.

Full details on the event can be found online at

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