Visitors to Gloucester’s waterfront Thursday evening got a peak at a special weekend visitor.
The Tall Ship Picton Castle was holding a two-night overnight cruise and was being hosted Thursday and Friday nights by the Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck.
Viking Gustafson, the general manager of the Marine Railways, said that her facility made room and rearranged a few things for the Picton Castle’s visit, adding that “We are proud to have them here.”
The ship was holding a private event onboard Friday night, and is scheduled to depart from America’s Oldest Seaport today.
The ship was initially supposed to sail into Gloucester’s Inner Harbor Thursday morning, with what would have been a dramatic escort from the harbor’s two resident schooners — the Thomas E. Lannon, based at Seven Seas Wharf alongside The Gloucester House restaurant, and the Ardelle, which docks at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop.
But officials decided that the tall ship would have to wait until the next high tide, which came Thursday at 7 p.m.
That’s when the Picton Castle sailed in, but by that time the Lannin and Ardelle had already sailed out on their own scheduled sunset cruises.
The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of the following veterans at the special request of the Tarr and Taliadoros families.
WWII veteran Edward Tarr. Born March 2, 1920, he entered the United States Army on Jan. 16, 1941. A Technician Fifth Grade, the Field Lineman served with Battery A 211th Field Artillery Battalion. He served in Central Eaurope, Northern France, Rhineland.
Tarr was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal.
He was discharged November 10, 1945, and died May 2, 1997.
WWII veteran John Taliadoros. Born June 2, 1918, he entered the United States Army on November 21, 1942. A medic, the Staff Sergeant served with 626th Clearance Company. He served in U.S.A., Germany, Africa, Italy: European Theatre, American Theatre, conflicts in the Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe. Taliadoros was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal.
He was discharged Dec. 24, 1945, and died April 4, 1999.
WWII veteran William Taliadoros. Born February 9, 1920, he entered the United States Navy on August 8, 1942. A Seaman First Class, he served on District Patrol Vessel USS YP-422. He served in the U.S.A., Germany, Africa, Italy, and the Massachusetts area.
Taliadoros was discharged November 19, 1942, and died April 28, 2011.
WWII veteran Michael Taliadoros. Born July 30, 1926, he entered the United States Army on January 15, 1945. An MP (Military Police), the Private First Class served in the Headquarters Luzon Prisoner of War Camp. He served in the Philippines. Taliadoros was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Wold War II Victory Medal.
He was discharged July 26, 1946, and died May 20, 1983.
Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.