Although not an official port in the Tall Ships Challenge, The legendary Bounty made a two day stop at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay. The whole event was made possible by private individuals who raised the money to bring the Bounty to Thunder Bay.
The Bounty was sailing with several other tall ships through an organization called Great Lake United. The Great Lake Challenge is part an effort to raise awareness about water conservation and sustaining our environment.
As part of the GLU exhibit at the Bounty, two mounted Asian carp were on display, as well as other samples of invasive species. The recent discovery of live Asian carp within six miles of Lake Michigan outlines the importance of keeping these fish out of the Great Lakes.
Brent Gibson of Great Lake United describes the connections between the Bounty’s visit and Lake Superior:
“One of the unique aspects of the Great Lakes is that it can take hundreds of years for a single drop of water from Lake Superior to flow to theÂ Atlantic Ocean. This means that a ship like the Bounty is sailing on the same water that the earliest European explorers plied. Yet, the changes that these waters have seen over the past few hundred years are dramatic.”
More photos of the Bounty available on our facebook page –The Walleye – Thunder Bay’s Arts & Culture Magazine