Raise the anchors! Tall ships set sail from Penn's Landing

“It's like a window into the past."

Justin Udo
May 28, 2018 - 4:18 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) – After a Memorial Day weekend full of transporting visitors back in time the tall ships along the Delaware River waterfront set sail Monday night.

Hailing from maritime ports across the country, nearly a dozen tall sailing ships representing 17th to mid-19th century nautical life docked at Penn's Landing over the holiday weekend for Sail Philadelphia.

“It's like a window into the past, fires the imagination, stirs the spirit. At my age I need all that I can get,” said Christopher Applegate.

An estimated 180,000 people came out for the five day festival where attendees could enjoy games, ship tours, and cruises down the Delaware River.

Passengers also enjoyed interactive shows with period performers like Mary Reid and Calico Jack.

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“We're here for the ships, but really, we're here for the friendships,” Reid said.

Dobby Dobson says he always wanted to come out to the event, and how happy he is he finally got to see them before they left port.

“Hearing about it is one thing,” he said. “Experiencing it is entirely different. You really can't experience it unless you're here to see it.”

For those who missed the tall ships, organizers say, you may have to wait for a while because the event only comes to Philadelphia once every three years.