By Grant Segall, The Plain Dealer | Posted July 05, 2019 at 06:00 AM
The SS Dennis Sullivan puts in at Dock 28B in North Coast Harbor with youths June 25 who’d crewed aboard the ship for the Rotary Club’s Project YESS [Youth Empowered to Succeed through Sailing]. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cleveland, … [PDF]. The Sullivan will return with 10 other old-style vessels for the 2019 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival July 11-14. Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio—Three youths who sailed on the SS Denis Sullivan last month plan to revisit it soon during the 2019 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival.
Audrey Ritley of Shaker Heights loves the historic look and feel of the Tall Ships like the Sullivan. “It’s cool that it’s wood, not plastic.” She and other youths in Rotary Club’s Project YESS [Youth Empowered to Succeed through Sailing] swabbed the Sullivan’s woodwork clean with salt, which Lake Erie does not supply.
During a few days’ cruise from Milwaukee, the youths worked the Sullivan’s sails. Dominic Borsich of Wickliffe loved the sport of it. “It’s just you and open water,” he said.
The chain holding the anchor on the SS Dennis Sullivan docked near the port of Cleveland. Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer
“Heave ho!” went the crew of the U.S. Brig Niagara in 2013. The Niagara returns this year.for the 2019 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival.Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer
The festival runs from July 11 through July 14 at 528 Erieside Ave. The Sullivan will appear with 10 other ships built in historic styles. The U.S. Brig Niagara, for instance, is a replica of victorious Commander Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship in the 1812 Battle of Lake Erie.
Visitors will explore the ships, hear live music, try a 40-foot climbing wall, see performances from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Asian Lantern Festival, and more. For an extra fee, three ships will offer 90-minute cruises.
The US Brig Niagara, seen here in 2013, returns this year. Peggy Turbett/The Plain Dealer