For a few hours on Saturday, it was once again the Age of Sail in Boston.
The first masts to poke through the fog belonged to the 295-foot Coast Guard cutter Eagle. Flanked by fireboats spraying arcs of water in the air and trailing an enormous US flag, the ship rounded Deer Island with every sail set. Behind the Eagle, more bright white canvas forms and rigging soon appeared in the mist, an eerie and magnificent flotilla of 54 Tall Ships from around the world riding the wind into Boston Harbor.
This was the pinnacle of Sail Boston, a six-day celebration of the city’s long history as a center of maritime commerce and shipbuilding. The event was organized to coincide with the arrival of vessels participating in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, a five-month trans-Atlantic sailing race that doubles as a public showcase of the impressive vessels.