Tall ships, pirates invade River Street

Published: May. 2, 2012 at 11:40 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - By Wednesday evening, many ships made their way into Savannah. Some docked along River Street, others by the Westin Resort on Hutchinson Island. Fourteen ships total will be in Savannah through out the weekend. The event is sponsored by Tall Ships of America. The last time the group was here was 1998.

One of the first Tall Ships to arrive was the PeaceMaker. Joe Marinelli, President of Visit Savannah Now, says the festival is a once in a life time opportunity.

"Some very popular ships, like the Coast Guard Eagle and the Bounty, from Pirates of the Caribbean, and international ships as well," Marinelli said. "We'll have ships from Denmark, France, and even Indonesia. To have a wonderful collection of so many ships, from so many different parts of the world, really makes this special."

Starting Friday, people will be able to tour the ships, and experience life on the high seas. Some of the vessels will also take people on small voyages up and down the Savannah River.

"We're an attraction vessel," explained Lee Philips, captain of the Peacemaker. "We won't take people out, but they can come on board and look through the vessel. Just experience what it's like to be on the ship for a day."

Some of the ships actually have sailors in training. They're learning everything from sailing to mopping the decks, and taking turns at the wheel.

Folks are advised to order tickets on line. Tickets are $25 per person. Kids ages 5 to 16 will get in for $10 and kids under the age of four get in free.

River Street will be shut down to through traffic starting at the Hyatt and going down to the Barnard Street Ramp.

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