July 4-7, 2019 Canalside Buffalo, NY

Tall Ships Are Coming!®

Presented by the Basil Family Dealerships

Experience the Magic and Majesty.

Enjoy the festivities and family fun.
Basil Port of Call Buffalo July 4-7, 2019 at Canalside

Presented by the Basil Family Dealerships
Joseph Basil Sr., Honorary Commodore

Witness a spectacular fleet of historic tall ships from throughout the US and Canada racing through the Great Lakes, making their first ever port appearance in Buffalo! Experience a weekend of family fun, filled with live entertainment, historical exhibits, food and beverages, and much more. Watch for our calendar of events. The star attractions are the tall ships themselves. Basil Port of Call Buffalo is a unique opportunity to view, board and explore these magnificent vessels. And don't miss the Parade of Sail, presented by OneNiagara®, with all of the tall ships!

A majestic fleet

Serving as a new host port of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2019 race series, Buffalo is honored to welcome a majestic fleet of historic tall ships from harbors throughout the United States and Canada on July 4-7, 2019.

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A marquee event

In celebration, Basil Port of Call Buffalo, a fun-filled festival, will pay tribute to our city's maritime heritage. It will offer a unique opportunity for adults and children alike to view, board and explore these extraordinary vessels along Buffalo's revitalized Canalside district. The weekend festivities will feature an exciting array of family activities, entertainment, historic exhibits, artisan foods and beverages, music, and Buffalo's first ever Parade of Sail!

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Free and open to the public

Basil Port of Call Buffalo is free and open to the public, while paid "Passport" ticketing will allow for tall ship boarding and visitation. The spectacular vision of a tall ship under sail evokes a romantic era of global adventure. There are currently over 500 active tall ships around the world, including the giant 131-foot-plus "Class A" square-rigged vessels, with barque, barquentine, brig or brigantine sail plans; and "Class B" ships, which are traditionally-rigged vessels. In 2019, Buffalo will welcome seven or more of these tall ships, the most to simultaneously grace our waterfront in the modern era.

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This Event Is Made Possible by Tall Ships America®
and the Buffalo Lighthouse Association

About Tall Ships America®

Basil Port of Call Buffalo is presented in co-operation with Tall Ships America®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1973. Tall Ships America®is focused on youth education, leadership development and the preservation of the maritime heritage of North America. The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® is an annual series of tall ships races and maritime port festivals on the Great Lakes and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts that informs the general public about tall ships, our maritime heritage and the incredible power of sail training to change lives.

The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series promotes awareness of America's diverse maritime heritage, fosters goodwill between maritime nations, stimulates tourism and provides significant economic impact.

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About the Buffalo Lighthouse Association

Basil Port of Call Buffalo is a committee of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1985. Buffalo Harbor and its lighthouses stood sentinel to the growth of a city and a nation.

After the opening of the Erie Canal across New York State in 1825, Buffalo became a vital link between the seacoast and the Great Lakes, welcoming a flood of immigration that settled America's heartlands and opened them to world commerce.

History was made here, and the Buffalo Lighthouse Association helps ensure that heritage still is celebrated here today.


Thank you to the sponsors of 2019
Basil Port of Call Buffalo.

OUR SUPPORTERS

GET INVOLVED – VOLUNTEER

We need your help! Basil Port of Call Buffalo is a volunteer effort, so we hope you will get involved with this special event. There are many opportunities to participate and enjoy the fun.

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GET INVOLVED – BE A SPONSOR

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available.
For additional information,
contact Paula Blanchard using the button below.

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Schedule of Events

Thursday July 4th through Sunday July 7th, 2019

Watch this space for details in the coming months!

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Media Room

Download news releases, media kit, photos, videos.



Port of Call Buffalo Media Kit
Contents include:
  • Press Releases
  • Preliminary Schedule
  • Great Lakes Schedule
Port of Call Buffalo - Media folder - Dropbox
In Dropbox
Port of Call Buffalo News Releases Various press releases
Tall Ships B-Roll Video Courtesy of Pride of Baltimore II
Tall Ships America® Video Adventure Under Sail

Identifying the Tall Ships

Here are the various tall ship sail plans

Watch this space for details about the tall ships that are headed to Buffalo in July 2019!



barque

barque

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
barque

barquentine

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
barque

brig

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
barque

brigantine

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
barque

full-rigged-ship

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
barque

gaff-rigged-sloop

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
barque

ketch

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
barque

marconi-rigged-sloop

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
barque

schooner

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
barque

staysail-schooner

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
barque

three-masted-schooner

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
barque

topsail-schooner

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
two-masted-schooner

two-masted-schooner

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height
yawl

yawl

Ship details, stats and info

  • top speed
  • size
  • height

Ticket Information

Basil Port of Call Buffalo is free and open to the public, while paid "Passport" ticketing will allow for tall ship boarding and visitation. Watch this space in the coming months for details on "Passport" ticket availability at participating locations.