Smooth sailing

By Colneth Smiley Jr.
Monday, July 2, 2012

It’s an exciting time on the Tall Ships for tourists and history buffs alike as crew members of the USS Constitution are dressed for the early 19th century with pikes in hand to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

National and international sailors pay tribute to the mariners of that era as part of OpSail 2012, which runs along with Boston’s Navy Week and events for Boston Harborfest.

“The public has been extremely responsive, and the crews are gracious to those who come to marvel,” said William Armstrong, communications director of OpSail.

Boston Harbor’s Tall Ships extravaganza and the living history lessons continue today at 2:30 p.m. at the Fish Pier, as the Lynx, under the command of Capt. John Beebe-Center, and the Pride of Baltimore II, under the command of Capt. Jamie Trost, re-enact the Duel of the Privateers.

For more information on the Tall Ships and events, go to, bostonnavy and

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