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The Spirit of Bermuda heads along North Shore on its way to Hamilton this morning (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The tall ships fleet was welcomed to St George’s last night with hundreds turning up to see the spectacular vessels.

And there will be another opportunity to see them close up tonight as they berth alongside Front Street which will host a Welcome Street Festival from 7pm to 11pm.

Among the fleet is the Spirit of Bermuda which was sailing along North Shore this morning to take its place in Hamilton.

The waterfront at St George’s was packed last night, with people wanting to see the ships but also enjoy the entertainment which ranged from a band, to dancing, guitar, violin playing and even a ducking stool.

Cindy Campbell, event chairman Tall Ships Bermuda 2017, said: “The atmosphere was fantastic and people really seemed to enjoy themselves.

“I hope as many people as possible can come and see the tall ships again in Hamilton, it is really a sight not to be missed.”

The ships are visiting Bermuda as part of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, a 7,000 nautical mile Trans-Atlantic race to six countries to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation through its founders and founding provinces.

They started arriving from the Canary Island earlier this week and are due to leave Bermuda on Monday to sail to Boston.

Mrs Campbell added: “Their journey is not over, by any means. They go to Boston and then Halifax before crossing the Atlantic again to finish in LeHavre, in France, on September 3.

“There are still places available on these ships for the final legs and I would really urge people not to miss what is an opportunity of a lifetime and sign up now. Anyone interested can e-mail trainee@tallships.bm and there is financial help available.”

One of the highlights of the many events being organised to welcome the tall ships is a concert by Bermuda’s own Collie Buddz tomorrow at City Hall car park, with part of the proceeds going to Sail Training Bermuda. People can get tickets from www.ptix.bm.

Side by side: Some of the world's most magificent tall ships were on display in St George's last night. The fleet will sail to Hamilton today before heading to Canada on Monday
Crowds gathered in St George's last night to see the tall ships fleet