Liana’s Ransom


The Tall Ship Liana’s Ransom gives local residents a look at the life of privateers and pirates in the 1700s and early 1800s as it sails the St. Mary’s River until Sunday.

Captain Joseph Tilley built the boat over ten years ago,  a gaff-rigged Nova Scotian square topsail schooner that features four black powder cannons. The 85-foot replica is named for Liana Tilley and her dog Ransom who died at the age of 19.

The Tall Ship will offer 90-minute excursions aboard the pirate schooner. Participants will sail the St. Marys River while crew members dressed as pirates tell old tales of the sea. The ship is docked at the Bondar Pavilion dock.

Tilley tells that by the time the ship returns home to Halifax they will have sailed over 5,000 km since early May.

Excursions run five times daily: 10 a.m.; 12 noon; 2 p.m.; 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $34 for children and seniors and can be purchased at the Roberta Bondar Transient Marina from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily.


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