Tall Ships in Liverpool This Weekend

bessie ellen Tall Ships sail into Liverpool for a weekend of maritime fun

Programme of street theatre and entertainment
Saturday/Sunday 1 & 2 July 2006 , 11am – 5pm, free entrance

Liverpool is offering a nautical alternative to the World Cup this weekend.

For those not wanting to spend Saturday and Sunday afternoon sitting in front of the box, a fleet of Tall Ships arrives in the city this weekend for a two day visit.

The Liverpool Culture Company has organised the ‘All Aboard’ weekend as a taster event for 2008, when Liverpool will host the start of the Tall Ships Race.

Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said: “There are very few cities in the world with a seafaring history as rich as Liverpool’s, and seeing the Tall Ships arrive on the River Mersey is a fantastic sight.

“All Aboard will be a great opportunity for people to have a look around these fascinating ships, and soak up some of the maritime atmosphere down at the docks.”

Most of the ships will be based at Wellington and Sandon Docks (off Regent Road), while ‘HMS Albion’ will be at Canada Dock, and ‘Artemis’ at the Albert Dock. A free park and ride service, operating every ten minutes, will be on hand to ferry visitors to the docks from the city centre.

Jason Harborow, Chief Executive of Liverpool Culture Company, said: “The start of the Tall Ships Race in 2008 will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of 2008, attracting tens of thousands of spectators.

“We’re delighted to welcome some ships to Liverpool this weekend to give just a flavour of what’s planned for two year’s time.”

The Ships arriving this weekend:

In Wellington/Sandon Dock (off Regent Road):
Christian Raddich: A sail training ship. Considered to be Norway’s grandest sailing ambassador.
Bessie Ellen: Britain’s last wooden coasting ketch still under sail.
Swan Fan Makkum: Designed in the style of a traditional windjammer, this is one of the world’s largest brigantine and two-masted ships.
Eye of the Wind: One of the prettiest small tall ships, built in Germany as a gaff-rigged topsail schooner freighter.
Iris: Goddess of the rainbow and one of the most beautiful and fast Dutch sailing vessels.
Le Orla: An Irish Naval Coastal Patrol Vessel, involved in defence of the state, fishery protection, search and rescue, drug interdiction and pollution control.

Canada Dock:
HMS Albion: An amphibious assault ship. One of the largest vessels in the Royal Naval Fleet.

Albert Dock:
Artemis: Originally a whaling vessel, this ship takes her name from the goddess of the hunt.