Scene from bygone era with five Tall Ships in Marigot Bay

Five sail training vessels anchored in the Bay of Marigot. (Jean Jarreau photo)

MARIGOT–Five Caribbean Sail Training (CST) members’ vessels are currently moored in the Bay of Marigot, evoking a scene of what the bay would have looked like in the early 1900s.

The historic vessels are being hosted by Port Director Albéric Ellis and his staff of the Galisbay Port.


“The ships are running their mast and deck lights in the evening and many people were seen along the road frequently taking pictures of the magnificent vessels,” CST stated in a short release.

In the picture from left to right, are: The Dutch vessel Wylde Swan, the German vessel Eye of the Wind, the newest member vessel of the non-profit association CST, Schooner Ruth from Barbados, the Polish vessel Fryderyk Chopin and the three-masted Swiss vessel, Salomon.

“Due to the large swells and light wind as well as a few technical issues on three of the ships, only Wylde Swan and Schooner Ruth sailed out for the Tall Ships Day to Simpson Bay and back to Marigot.

They took 30 students from Collège Mont des Accords, 10 from St. Maarten Yacht Club and some other youngsters out sailing on a Maritime Experience Day organised by CST and co-sponsored by the Maritime School of the West Indies (MSWI).

“It’s already the third time that Wylde Swan with Captain Fosse Fortuin hosted the youngsters on a day trip during their visit in the Caribbean. Captain Fosse and his crew invited all the crew from the other sail training vessels to a barbecue party on board Wylde Swan before some of the ships leave in the next days. Wylde Swan is preparing to leave next week to Cuba.”

Source: The Daily Herald