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Jay Lloyd's Getaway: Tall Ships at Penn's Landing

May 24, 2018 - 3:30 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- All eyes will be on Penn's Landing as a fleet of Tall Ships dominates the Delaware. Here's what to look for on a nautical weekend getaway. 

For most of recorded history, sailing vessels were man's means of providing food, conducting trade, transportation, exploration, recreation and war. It's all represented at Penn's Landing. 

New Jersey's A.J. Meerwald and Philadelphia's Gazela brought in oysters and fish. Delaware's Kalmar Nyckel transported early settlers. 

Walk the decks of schooners like Spirit of Bermuda, which were capable of weaving through reefs and exploring narrow rivers. 

America 2.0 is a replica of our early America's Cup need for speed over the water. 

Speed was also essential for capturing enemy cargo by War of 1812 privateers and pirates in ships like the Lynx. 

"Because if it came across the enemy' warships, it needed to outrun them," explained Seaport Museum skipper John Brady.

And don't miss the chance to take a river cruise on one of the visiting Tall Ships.