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The tall ship Tole Mour docked at Rainbow Harbor, Shorline Village, Long Beach, Caliornia with the city of Long Beach in the background.
The tall ship SSV Tole Mour is owned and operated by the Catalina Island Marine Institute(CIMI)/Guided Discoveries. The SSV designates a "Sailing School Vessel," and this ship is currently operated as a floating classroom for teaching tall ship sailing, marine sciences and team building.
According to the CIMI website, the Tole Mour was custom built in the 1980s as a floating medical facility to serve the health needs of the outlying Marshall Islands. "Original configuration included medical, dental, and opthimalogical offices and a fully equipped, compact surgery. Oversized air-conditioning and water making equipment was a must; crew comfort was considered essential, as the vessel would serve long hauls of many months each in the tropics."
After the government decided to provide their own fleet of medical boats, the Tole Mour was used for a while for youth programs in Hawaii, then sold in 2001 to Guided Discoveries for the CIMI Tall Ship Summer Sailing Program. It is the largest working schooner in the US, although there are larger tall ships of other types, such as the windjammer Star of India and the frigate HMS Surprise in San Diego.
The CIMI summer youth programs are not only school-based, but are also open to young people from anywhere in the world.
When the ship is not out on the water hosting summer youth development programs, she is berthed in Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, as seen here.
Type: Triple-masted topsail Schooner Superyacht
Year Built: 1988
Design Year/Period: purpose-built modern ship
Where Built: Nichols Brothers Shipbuilders of Whidbey Island, Washington
Overall Length (LOA): 156'
Number of Masts: 3
Mast Height: 110'
Number of Sails: 15
Sail Area: 6675 sq ft
Notable: The ship is used for marine life education and has a number of on board aquariums and touch pools.
Info taken from http://golosangeles.about.com/od/thingstodoinlosangeles/ss/Tall-Ships_3.htm
February 3rd, 2013
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