More here - http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk...when-tall-ships-take-to-water-64375-21145702/Road closures planned when tall ships take to water
Jun 25 2008 by Aaron Boland, Liverpool Daily Post
DOZENS of roads are to be closed and others made “red routes” as Wirral prepares for hundreds of thousands of visitors wanting to see the Tall Ships next month.
Extra parking wardens will be drafted in and council employees based in Wallasey, where most visitors will expect to get the best views of the ships on the Mersey, are to be advised to take holidays or work flexibly to limit traffic.
The Tall Ships will be on the Mersey between Friday and Monday, July 18-21.
It is one of the major highlights of Liverpool’s tenure as European Capital of Culture, as more than 70 vessels from more than 30 countries, will assemble along the Albert and Wellington docks.
Liverpool’s role as Host Port for the start of the 2008 races will reach its climax on Monday, July 21 when the fleet perform the Parade of Sail from 2pm. It is this day Wirral Council expects to be the busiest.
Woody. A ship has three masts with square rigging on each one. Some of those are barques and schooners. :nono:
Well slap me down with wet kipper, there`s this ignorant landlubber,hno: who thought the " TALL SHIPS RACE" would result in a river teaming with SHIPS.Woody. A ship has three masts with square rigging on each one. Some of those are barques and schooners. :nono:
:cheers:Tall ships and sea shanties ahoy!
Sunday July 13,
The biggest gathering of tall ships in Europe takes place in Liverpool for four days from Friday, when more than 70 sailing vessels from countries as diverse as Brazil, Oman and Bulgaria will assemble at the city's Wellington and Albert docks to prepare for the five-week Tall Ships' Races to Norway.
The fleet's arrival kicks off a street party at the city's historic waterfront, which has undergone a £1bn makeover for Liverpool's year as Eurpean Capital of Culture. Visitors will be able to mingle with crews from around the world, and board the vessels to find out about life at sea and the work involved in sailing a tall ship.
The quay itself will be filled with street performers, exhibitions and music, including the Shanties Festival, a celebration of sea shanties, with performances on the waterfront and at venues throughout the city.
Next Monday, the ships will form up for a spectacular Parade of Sail down the Mersey before they head out on to the North Sea.
Further details from 0151 233 2008; tallshipsliverpool.co.uk
From here - http://www.tallshipsliverpool.co.uk/parade-of-sailParade of Sail
Monday 21 July
2pm - 4pm
Vessels will depart from Albert Dock ready to form up for the parade from 11.30am on Monday 21 July.
Liverpool's sail trainees will be at the head of the parade on Stavros S Niarchos, right behind HMS Argyll.
Please note that the Ships at Wellington Dock will be closed to the public on Monday 21st July.
The final Parade of Sail is on Monday July 21st at 2pm and lasts about one and a quarter hours. The best viewing points for the parade on the Liverpool side are from the Britannia Pub, northwards along Riverside Drive, Riverside Walk/Kings Parade, Kings Dock/Albert Dock; Princes Parade north of Pier Head (although Royal Navy ships including RFA Lyme Bay berthed at the new Cruise Liner Terminal landing stage could obscure views) Wirral side viewing from Woodside Ferry, Birkenhead, New Brighton/Wallasey Promenade. The veteran excursion ship m/v Balmoral, of Waverley Excursions, and the Mersey Ferries will offer Parade viewing cruises.
:cheers:Witness a Ship Spectacular
From 18 – 20 July Liverpool will host the start of the Tall Ships’ Races 2008.
Vessels can be viewed from 12noon - 10pm on Friday and at 10am-10pm on Saturday and Sunday at Wellington and Albert Docks.
The Parade of Sail takes place on Monday 21 July from 2pm. With over 60 sailing vessels filling Liverpool’s quaysides, docks and the Mersey with street entertainment galore this will be a visual extravaganza to remember.
To help you navigate yourself around this spectacular free event there is an Official Programme on sale for £4. This is available from all good newsagents in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales Tourist information outlets, (in other words across the region to which Liverpool belongs sans political interference) Mersey Ferries and vendors throughout the Tall Ships event. There is also commemorative merchandise available to purchase online.
To make your day as enjoyable as possible you can download the How to get to the Tall Ships' Races Guide, which includes information about parking, public transport, and the park and ride services available.
As well as the ships coming back to the Mersey, so are the shanty songs! Shanties 08 will feature dockside shows from the world's best shanty performers throughout the Saturday and Sunday.
And there's a showcase concert of festival headliners on Saturday evening at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland St, Liverpool. For tickets call 08444 77 1000 anytime or get them online.
This is sure to be a high water mark in Liverpool's European Capital of Culture celebrations. Don't miss the boat!