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59-Day Voyage on Tall Ships Open to All

SALT LAKE CITY (Press Release) -- August 9, 2000 -- The Sea Trek Foundation today announced plans to re-create the historic migration of Mormon converts to the United States from Europe 150 years ago with a convoy of the world’s largest tall ships setting sail August 7, 2001 in Esbjerg, Denmark, visiting other major European ports and finally docking on October 4, 2001 in New York.

The foundation formally unveiled Sea Trek 2001 by launching the official Web site that will be used to register all voyage participants and educate interested parties.

Sea Trek 2001 is open to anyone from around the world on a first come, first served basis. Registrants may choose to participate in a portion of the trip or the entire voyage. Space is limited to the capacity of the ships and varies from port to port.

“Sea Trek 2001 celebrates a major chapter in Mormon history,” said William K. Sadleir, who conceived the idea and serves as chairman of the event. “Many people are familiar with the Mormon Pioneer Trek across America that was re-created in 1997, but forget that 85,000 Saints first had to courageously sail the Atlantic Ocean before crossing the Plains. Sea Trek 2001 provides the opportunity to re-live that dramatic experience first-hand.”

Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- commonly known as Mormons -- were first sent to the British Isles in the 1840s and to Scandinavia in 1850. As a result of their efforts, converts joined the Church, immigrating to America and settling in Utah.

True to the past, eight tall ships will sail to ports in Europe to gather voyagers. The first part of the journey will begin in Esbjerg, Denmark on August 7, 2001, continue to Copenhagen and other port cities in Sweden, Norway, Germany and England, and conclude in Portsmouth, England on August 27. At that point, four of the largest tall ships will cross the Atlantic, via the southern route to the Canary Islands and Bahamas, arriving in New York City 39 days later on October 4.

In the major ports of call, Sea Trek 2001 will host “Rock the Dock,” a celebration free and open to the public including maritime exhibits on Mormon migration, online ancestral research demonstrations, history forums and workshops, tall ship tours as well as live entertainment throughout the day. In the evenings, “Saints on the Seas,” the dramatic musical tribute composed specifically for this sesquicentennial commemoration, will include philharmonic orchestras, choirs and performing artists from around the world. The celebrations will conclude each evening with a spectacular fireworks display.

To place the sea journey in historical context, Sea Trek 2001 has gathered a team of more than a dozen of the finest instructors of Mormon and maritime history to provide a first-class travel study experience for participants, with course credit available through Brigham Young University and the Latter-day Saints Church Education System.

“Sea Trek 2001 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Sadleir. “We invite anyone who is interested in re-living history to come aboard for this grand event.”