Renowned photographer and author Thad Koza presents a slide presentation, "Tall Ships: Fleet of 2005," at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The program is free with paid admission to the museum.

Koza's spectacular photographs focus on the fleet of up to 20 tall ships that will be visiting the West Coast in 2005. Included in the presentation will be the 148-foot Jeanie Johnston, a replica of the Irish barque that transported immigrants to America in the 19th century. Also featured is the 118-foot Spirit of Dana Point, a replica of a Baltimore clipper from the 1760s, the 110-foot sloop Providence, a replica of one of the first ships of the American Navy, and the 114-foot schooner Manitou, which resembles an 1800s "coasting" cargo schooner similar to those that sailed along the Atlantic Coast and the Great Lakes.

Koza has photographed tall ships for more than two decades. Educated in the Midwest, with degrees from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, his articles and essays have been published in Cruising World, Sea History, Classic Boat and Traditional Boats & Tall Ships. He has also published the books "Tall Ships: An International Guide" and "Tall Ships: The Fleet for the 21st Century." His photographs have been published in many international magazines.

Located at 1792 Marine Drive, the Columbia River Maritime Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission fees are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older and $4 for youth. Members are admitted free.


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