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What is the tall ships schedule for 2014?

- Lorraine, Columbus, Wis.

The tall ships from the East Coast and Europe won't be returning to the Great Lakes until 2016, though individual ports may invite a few ships on their own.

In 2014, the Tall Ships Challenge is on the California coast. A collection of schooners as well as a battleship, submarines, a steam ferry and a fireboat will appear in Los Angeles Aug. 20-24, San Diego Aug. 29-Sept. 1 and Dana Point Sept. 5-7.

In the Great Lakes, two replicas of Portuguese caravels will make several appearances on Lake Michigan in late August 2014, which will be a good time to make a Circle Tour of Lake Michigan.

The 65-foot Niņa, a replica of the ship Columbus sailed to the New World, and its sister ship, the 85-foot Pinta, will be in Frankfort, Mich., Aug. 21-25; in Muskegon, Mich., Aug. 27-Sept. 1; and in Michigan City, Ind.,  Sept. 3-7.

They're operated by the Columbus Foundation of the British Virgin Islands. They visit not just the Great Lakes, but rivers, too.

And remember, quite a few schooners call Lake Michigan home, and you can sail on them whenever they're in port.

They include the Denis Sullivan in Milwaukee, the Edith M. Becker in Sister Bay, the Coaster II in Marquette, the Windy in Chicago, the Friends Good Will in South Haven and the Madeline in Traverse City.

In addition, many of these ships travel around the Great Lakes to appear at maritime festivals. Seven of them will be in Traverse City Sept. 19-21 in 2014 for Schooner Fest.

For more, see Following the tall ships.

For advance notice of tall-ships festivals, follow Tall Ships America, a non-profit sail-training organization, on Facebook. 

Last updated on July 31, 2014