20120829-20080715-20080727-IMG_6514-2I originally shot this on July 15th,08. They both were visiting Tofino. Tofino was the end town for a Tall Ship festival. Many ships started out in Seattle,than Vancouver,onto Victoria & than to Port Alberni & finally Tofino. Only these two came to Tofino.
This was taken the night before they were to leave. It was part of a dueling show. They would make runs towards each other & let their canons go!
I was lucky to find that not a single boat was out with me & them! That was great because I did not want them in my foreground scene!

The Tall Ship festival is suppose to be every three years but they didn’t come back in 2011. The economy was depressed enough to keep them tied up at their berths.
Hope they come back soon!
The ship on the right (Lady Washington) was used in the first “Pirates of the Caribbean”movie with Johnny Depp. The “Curse of the Black Pearl”. The ships name in the movie was the “Interceptor”

The Lady Slips Into Harbour

I originally shot this July 13th,2008. The Lady Washington was just entering Tofino’s harbour at sunset. She and the “Hawaiian Chieftain” were coming in for a three night stay!
They come every three years to the west coast. They cancelled the return trip in July 2011. I do not know why but suspect it was because of financial concerns? If people are worried about their money…they do not spend. Which means a smaller market. Smaller markets means smaller profits.
I think it was simple economics that scuttled the Lady’s visit last summer.

It rained almost all day today & thats what It looks like for tomorrow as well. Wednesday looks better!
I’m looking forward to getting out! First thing I’m going to do,is go visit the Lions! I want to see what they’ve been up to?
I will have some new shots for you all soon enough!
I’m expecting a call from Mother Nature shortly!


Both of these ships were part of theTall Ship Festival. Every three years there is a Tall Ship Festival on the west coast.
I believe the order goes like this: Vancouver,Seattle,Victoria,Port Alberni and than lastly …………Tofino!
On this night,they were dueling! It was the last night of their stay in Tofino and the weather/light could not of been better! We lucked out! Not only did I luck out for weather,but also for traffic!
I was the only boat out there from start to finish! I had them all to myself.
A few whale watching boats dropped in for a few minutes,but took off after 5 minutes.
I realized after shooting for awhile, that Strathcona’s mountains would be a fantastic backdrop . I zipped to the south of them and tried to get as far away as possible!
I than used my big lens and zoomed in them. The longer the focal length,the better the compression factor will be between the foreground and the background! It makes the background “appear” to be closer than it actually is! It’s much more dramatic!
Felice island was blocking some of the view .
I tried to get shots of the cannons going off. I never knew when the cannons were going to fire ,but had to be ready to shoot at any given second!
The Hawaiian Chieftain is the one in the foreground and The Lady Washington is in the background. She had just fired her cannon!

The Lady Washington and The Hawaiian Chieftain at Berth

I shot this when they both were tired up for the night. They both have such beautiful lines! I noticed the moon and tried to take advantage of this rare opportunity!
They both are from Aberdeen, Washington State.
The Lady Washington was the ship that was used in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean ,”Curse of the Black Pearl”.
The Chieftain is the one closest to me and The Lady Washington is on the far side.

The Lady Washington Leaving Ucluelet

I forgot that they did drop into Ucluelet before they came to Tofino. I can’t remember if they stayed the night or were there for a few hours only?
I was waiting out by Amphtrite Lighthouse. I wanted to get some shots of them coming out of the harbour and around the Lighthouse.
You can see the Lady heading north to Tofino here, and the Chieftain was following close behind. However too far apart to fit them both into this framed shot!