Last tall ships leave today
The Mexican tall ship, Cuauhtemoc, will leave NAS Ingleside at 4 p.m., be at Charlie’s Pasture Pier about 4:30 p.m. and between the jetties about 4:45 p.m.
The Chilean tall ship, Esmeralda, is scheduled to depart its Ingleside dock at 4:15 p.m. today, be at Charlie’s Pasture Pier about 4:45 p.m. and between the jetties about 5 p.m.
The schedule is subject to change, according to Bobby Grumbles, a pilot with the Aransas Corpus Christi Pilots Association. Any changes will be posted on this Web site.
The pilots board ships to guide them safely to and from the Gulf of Mexico through the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and the Aransas Pass, which is lined by the north and south jetties.
The ships traverse the channels under power, so sails will not be hoisted, leaving their majestic masts visible.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s Eagle left late Monday afternoon, and Uruguay’s Capitan Miranda passed by Port Aransas yesterday morning.
The ships, which arrived Friday and Saturday after weather delays courtesy of Hurricane Alex, spent the Fourth of July weekend at the former naval station, where they were open for tours and where entertainment and fireworks attracted spectators from throughout the Coastal Bend.