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Ahoy! It's Tall Ships 2018 and NOLA Navy Week 

Historic, replica and military ships sail into the Mississippi riverfront

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Photo by Onne van der Wal

Riverfront docks will be packed with ships as Tall Ships and NOLA Navy Week converge on the city this weekend. Tall Ships (April 19-22) features several historic and replica ships with large masts and traditional sail riggings docked at Woldenberg Park. The lineup includes the Elissa, built in 1877 in Scotland, and the Oostershelde, a Dutch schooner built in 1918. The Oliver Hazard Perry (pictured) is a Rhode Island-based ship with three masts, 20 sails and 7 miles of rigging, named for the officer who led the first U.S. Naval victory in the War of 1812. The Picton Castle is a three-mast ship used as a sailing training vessel in ocean voyages. The ships are open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and admission is free. Visit www.tallshipsnola2018.com for information.

  NOLA Navy Week (April 19-25) features ships from the navies of the U.S., Canada and France docked on the Mississippi River between Julia and Thalia streets. Ships are open to the public noon to 5 p.m. Friday, April 20; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday, April 21 and 24; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, April 22-23. Admission is free. There are fireworks over the river at 9 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.facebook.com/nolanavyweek for information.

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