German Tall Ship to Drop Anchor at Navy Pier

By Tatum Bartlett | Friday, July 9, 2010

The Roald Amundsen. Photo by Flickr user Brian Clayton. Licensed under Creative Commons.

Ship ahoy! The DANK Haus German Cultural Center recently announced that the Roald Amundsen, a traditional Tall Ship from Germany, will sail to Chicago in late August. The vessel arrives at Navy Pier on August 24, and on August 26 (from 6 to 8 p.m.), the public is invited aboard for the The Roald Amundsen Tall Ship Family Reception.

This debut event, co-presented by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACCoM) and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, is part of a larger festival, Tall Ships Chicago showcasing a fleet of 30 traditionally rigged ships from a variety of countries as they make their way along the North American East Coast and into the Great Lakes in the 2010 Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge race series.

Tickets are $75.00 for adults; $35.00 for children. The ticket price includes: admission to the festival grounds (complete with activities such as ship viewing, on-deck tours, nightly fireworks, arts and crafts, and entertainment); entrance on board more than 15 of the Tall Ships; food and drink (two complimentary drink tickets); and a meet-and-greet with the ship’s captain and crew.

The Roald Amundsen is the only German Tall Ship to take part in the Tall Ships Challenge. For those not up for the complete reception experience (or steep ticket prices), please note that all tall ships will be docked at Navy Pier from August 24 – 29 for easy viewing.

All aboard! Check here for Tall Ship Family Reception details.

Ed. note: A version of this article that ran earlier this week announced a contest to sail on the Roald Amundsen, but the contest deadline had already passed. We regret our error.

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