Summarized by Vickie Speek
Mormon Sea Migration to be Commemorated
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A convoy of the world's largest tall ships will
set sail from Esbjerg, Denmark next year to recreate the historic migration
of Mormon converts from Europe to the United States 150 years ago.
The Sea Trek 2001 Foundation has announced that the voyage is open to
anyone from around the world on a first come, first served basis. Those
registering may choose to participate in a portion of the trip or the entire
In a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," eight tall ships will leave
Denmark on August 7, 2001, and dock in New York on October 4, 2001, 39 days
later. Several major European ports will be visited along the way.
Many people are familiar with the Mormon Pioneer Trek, but forget that
85,000 Saints first had to sail the Atlantic Ocean before crossing the Plains,
William K. Sadleir, who conceived the idea and serves as chairman of the
event said. "Sea Trek 2001 provides the opportunity to relive that dramatic
In the major ports of call, Sea Trek 2001 will host public celebrations
that will include maritime exhibits on Mormon migration, history forums, tall
ship tours, and a dramatic musical tribute composed specifically for this
sesquicentennial event. The activities will conclude each evening with
More than a dozen instructors in Mormon and maritime history will also be
participating. Course credit for the trip will be available from Brigham
Young University and the Latter- day Saints Church Education System.
Further information and registration details are available at the Sea
Trek 2001 web site at: www.seatrek2001.com .
Sea Trek 2001 Will Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Mormon Migration From Europe to America
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