GREEN BAY (AP) - The schooner Appledore IV has begun carrying passengers from Sturgeon Bay to Green Bay as part of a tall-ships festival that lets people see what sailing was like in the 18th century.
The 85-foot schooner carried 20 passengers Thursday through the waters of Green Bay. At times the only audible sounds were the breezy wind and the waves slapping the hull, the Press-Gazette Media reported.
The two-masted vessel, built in 1989, is designed in the style of ships that sailed the Great Lakes and along the East coast in centuries past. Its voyage precedes the Tall Ship Festival that runs through Sunday in downtown Green Bay.
"Hopefully people come on board and see how sailing ships really work," said David Leanza, the Appledore's captain. "Just to get them to picture what working sailing vessels were like, I think people will like that. And have a fun time on the water getting to know the crews that have come from all over the country to work on the ships."
The Appledore IV, which is licensed to carry 52 people, was manned by a 15-person crew that hoisted sails and handled navigation.
One crew member was Kathleen Harvey, a Saginaw, Mich., native who's working her first season on the schooner as a shipboard educator. She said passengers get a thrill out of experiencing life on the water and pitching in to help the crew work.
"They're on a tall ship, they're excited. They hauling sail, furling sail and having the time of their life," Harvey said of the passengers. "And I get to teach them about the science of the Great Lakes."
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