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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 voyage.

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 experience firsthand."

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 fireworks.

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: .

Sea Trek 2001 Will Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Mormon Migration From Europe to America
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59-Day Voyage on Tall Ships Open to All


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