Anchors aweigh: Tall ships dock for Memorial Day weekend

Nearly a dozen will be available to tour, cruise

Steve Tawa
May 22, 2018 - 8:37 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The parade of ships returns to the Delaware River waterfront for Memorial Day weekend.

Landlubber or old salt, visitors will see ships docked from Market Street to the end of the Penn’s Landing Marina to explore up close. Six are available for tours, and five vessels offer cruises.

Philadelphia’s own three-mast Gazela will greet the other vessels, including the 196-foot Oliver Hazard Perry from Newport, named for a the man who once said in battle, "We have met the enemy and they are ours."

The largest ship to tour is the 293-foot Sagres, which is easily identified by the traditional Portuguese crosses that mark the square sails on its fore and main masts.

Among the sail-away cruises: the 105-foot America 2.0 from New York. It's a tribute to the schooner America, the winner of the first America’s Cup in 1851. 

The festivities begin Thursday afternoon with the free Parade of Sail on the Delaware River, as the ships approach Penn’s Landing, before docking. 

The Waterfront Festival at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing costs $7 for adults and $5 for children. The event includes live entertainment, food, drinks and fireworks. 

Ship tours start at $10; cruises begin at $90.

Parking is limited, so public transportation and walking are recommended.