A Sunset Salute- Tall Ships in Boston

A few nights ago, I went back to Boston to see the Tall Ships. This time it was for the Sunset Salute which was at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

 If you enjoy pomp and circumstance, military period attire, fifers, drummers, or bagpipers, this was the night for you. The Sunset Salute was quite the event.

The weather was perfect. At first, the skies got very dark and we thought we might have some rain but not one drop fell on us. Boston was at it's finest.

The gentle sound of water hitting the boats was familiar and comforting to me. I always love to be near the water and I am so fortunate to live about 15 minutes north of Boston.

I enjoy photographing all the little details of the boats and ships. Lanterns and pulleys always interest me.

I mentioned the skies got dark early in the evening and it looked downright threatening. It was also quite windy.

Fairly quickly the skies turned blue again and all was well. The USS Constitution was in drydock.

Fifers and drummers of all ages participated in the Sunset Salute.

I was tipped off by someone with the William Diamond Fifers and Drummers of Lexington that they were doing a group photo in front of the Constitution. My press credentials helped me get info in advance.

It was warm and I was sorry for the people wearing heavy coats in the hot sun. At least it was evening so it was a bit cooler than earlier in the day.

We were privy to a small concert before the big event.

Bagpipers played Amazing Grace in a poignant moment.

Back to the Lexington contingent of fifers and drummers. I have seen them perform in Lexington events I have attended.

 I really thought the USS Constitution sailors had the best uniforms of the evening.

The participants marched out of the park and headed to their positions at the Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle.

Fifers in action. I am sure it is not easy to play an instrument and march at the same time.

The Junior ROTC performed a dance routine later in the evening. They were fantastic and they really got the crowd going.

I was mesmerized by this group. They performed in unison, throwing their guns in the air and creating amazing formations.

I caught a glimpse of them in close up when they passed by me.

The bagpipers patiently waited for their turn to perform.

A group huddle by the Junior ROTC.

I think I changed my mind. This man had my favorite uniform of the evening.

The crowds grew as the sun was setting. It was that golden hour for photography when the evening light was the kindest.

It was almost overwhelming. The pageantry, the ships, the skyline, the sunset. Talk about overstimulation. I kept snapping photos. You are lucky I didn't post them all!

The cadets on the Coast Guard ship had the best view of all.

The USS Constitution looked stunning in her berth at the Navy Yard.

I love watching all the light reflections on the water. Boston has a beautiful skyline.

The Zakim bridge, a Boston landmark, shone brightly at the Sunset Salute.

 I bid a fond farewell to Sail Boston 2017. Thanks to all who planned this magnificent event. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!


Diane McDowell said…
Elaine, this is one of my very favorite posts! The photos are just stunning, and I especially liked the USS Constitution and the twilight ones of the Boston skyline. Great job!!

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