Happening now: Russian ship Pallada leaving Seattle

(Video added 7:45 pm, shot downtown as the ship started moving away)
You might be able to see it from West Seattle shores as it transits Elliott Bay – the Pallada, the Russian tall ship that’s been docked at Pier 66 the past few days (as previously reported here), has just sailed away, headed out of Seattle. Lots of horn-sounding and cheers that you might have heard all the way over to the Salty’s/Seacrest side! (7:45 pm note – It’s San Francisco-bound, per its track at MarineTraffic.com.)

7 Replies to "Happening now: Russian ship Pallada leaving Seattle"

  • Machel Spence August 12, 2011 (6:08 pm)

    Saw it today driving past downtown…pretty cool ship! m-

  • JayDee August 12, 2011 (6:39 pm)

    Does it have a Diesel Wind? If not, it will be a leisurely sail…with plenty of canvas…

    • WSB August 12, 2011 (7:16 pm)

      They must have a motor of some type because they hadn’t unfurled the sails by the time they pulled away. Checking the video now that I’m home, a little delayed by the Mariners’ traffic …

  • JayDee August 12, 2011 (7:42 pm)

    no tracking on the “live ships map”…no sign from above alki…

  • JayDee August 12, 2011 (8:14 pm)

    Alas, I missed her…sniff…

  • NinjaRider August 12, 2011 (9:18 pm)

    Yeah, she’s definitely got a D-Sail, JayDee, she wouldn’t have been moving in that direction if she was just drifting out on the tide… most of’em do. Wish I coulda seen her actually set sail…

  • WSB August 12, 2011 (9:49 pm)

    I held on the wide shot so long because with sailors on every – rig? – of each mast, I expected them to do something spectacular like unfurl all the sails simultaneously. Finally at just before a minute, I gave up and zoomed in to get a better silhouette of all that activity, which had started at least half an hour earlier. The port didn’t have an exact time of departure – “sometime after 3” – and I had to go renew my parking sticker just before they pulled up the gangway before 5, so I watched the sailaway from the east side of the Bell Harbor Marina instead of the west side of the pier. I don’t know if they ever did unfurl the sails – when I lost sight of the ship as I drove away toward home, it was still under other power … TR

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