The 4-masted, 380 foot long Russian sail training ship “Kruzenshtern” finds a warm welcome yesterday at the Charleston Cruise Ship Terminal, here shown having her 20 ton foretopmast craned off at sunset a day after her arrival in South Carolina from Bermuda. If you think these monsters don’t get pushed hard by their captains and crews, maybe that mangled spar will change your mind. The big ship is one of 20+ to arrive in Charleston for the 2009 Charleston Harborfest this coming weekend, a maritime festival run by the organizers of Charleston Race Week that includes learn-to-sail programs, build-a-boat projects, harbor tours, ship tours, acrobatic planes, and about a hundred other things to do for a family or classic ship fans. All proceeds go to fund the nonprofit Spirit of South Carolina maritime education program, so bring your family down to mingle with the approximately 100,000 visitors expected over the long weekend. Photo by Meredith Block/Blocksail.com.
Take a look at Clean’s OTW report with video of the Spirit sailing into the harbor, firing off her cannon, and passing the broken Kruzeshtern along the city’s downtown piers, with more photos from Mer.