Heck, even Santa stopped by to check out the ships.
Bands in period costume, added to the excitement, filling the air with the sound of flutes, drums and bagpipes.
I strolled up and down the boardwalk in the baking sun, sucking back on a thermos of water, and marvelling at the growing crowd.
The area was peppered with replica recruitment posters from the time. If flattery, or the offer of excitement was not enough, "Prize Money", was offered to new recruits who were willing to sign on for seven years service
The Government of Canada is spending $28 million of our tax dollars to remind us that it is the Bi-Centennial of the War of 1812. See the pretty red sign ? Without checking with Google or Wikipedia, do you know who won the war of 1812? or what it was all about ?
No, it was not the first war to use giant octopii to conquer enemy fleets.
And "no" that's not Kermit the Frog on the masthead below, though you could be forgiven for confusing the two.
Theodore Tugboat, a working tug, who delights cruise ship passengers, as he meets and assists them with their docking, popped over to Dartmouth to visit a couple of Tall Ships as well as some of his fans.
After their four-day visit, the Tall Ships left today, escorted by a flotilla of smaller craft, a naval escort and a fire boat shooting plumes of water high into the sky.
I hope they come back soon.