Tall Ships: Getting a Closer Look

Posted at: 07/27/2013 4:30 PM
Updated at: 07/27/2013 6:08 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

Day three of Tall Ships was another gloomy and chilly day, but that didn't stop the crowds from waiting in line to get inside one of the ships. Today, Eyewitness News got a tour of the tallest ship, the Peacemaker.

With just four feet of clearance passing under the aerial lift bridge, the Peacemaker is truly a tall ship. It was first launched just 24 years ago, but it still has plenty of history.

"The entire hull is ipe and those trees were 400 to 500 years old," said the Peacemaker's captain, Larry Clinton.

Clinton said the original owner and designer had quite the luxurious taste. Frank Walker, a Brazilian industrialist, wanted an entirely wood ship. All that heavy wood brings the Peacemaker in just under a million pounds.

"He said they couldn't get the quality they wanted in Brazil so he bought a large piece of land in Paraguay and had his own trees cut...and he came in and hand-picked every tree," Clinton said.

The ship was built in Brazil as a private yacht and signs of it's first name Avany still mark the ship.

Clinton and his 20 member crew are part of the Twelve Tribes, an international group of communities that bought the ship in 2000.

"We had the idea that it would be a great way to connect our communities together from different continents," said Clinton. "We are in Europe, South America, North America, and Australia."

The group built the masts and made the sails, and like their community, their crew is international.

"I work in several things over there, but nothing I work on has anything to do with ships or boats or sailing," said Hanan Brooks of Brazil.

Brooks is spending the summer sailing, helping share the Peacemaker with the masses, and they seem to be impressed.

"The craftsmanship...I think I was born a mermaid in another life and I should probably be on that ship," said Julie Jensen of Mound, MN.

Onboard tours continue Sunday at 9 a.m.