Thursday, 22 August 2013

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival - Ships & Boats, Music, Stalls, Food & Family Fun - 7th & 8th Sept. 2013

The 2013 Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival takes place on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2013. 

It's going to be a great weekend of Maritime Themed Fun along the length of Great Yarmouth's South Quay with Demonstrations of Maritime Crafts & Skills as well as lots of  Exhibitions, Demonstarations, Stalls & Ships.

The Maritime Festival is a riot of colour with tall ships and supply vessels flying colourful bunting from their masts. In 2013 we are proud to welcome the Dutch tall ship the Morgenster and also the steam tug boat Challenge. Find out more about the visiting tall ships and other outstanding displays of ship engineering at the 2013 Maritime Festival.

The Great Yarmouth Tourist Authority is delighted to announce that the two-masted brig, the Morgenster, a filly square rigged sailing ship will be attending this year’s Maritime Festival and offering on board visits and sailing trips for the duration of the festival.

The Morgenster’s beautiful rigging is based on American clippers from the 18th century. Heavy British warships were helpless against the more manoeuvrable and faster clippers from America.

The Morgenster was inaugurated in May 2008 and usually sails in Northern European waters, although also sails in warm winter regions across the world.

The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority. The Maritime Festival is one of the biggest events in Great Yarmouth's annual calendar where we celebrate Great Yarmouths maritime heritage and look to our maritime future on historic South Quay on the banks of the River Yare.

Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority is also delighted that the Steam Tug Challenge is visiting to the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival and will be open to go aboard.
The Challenge is a true national treasure and is proud to be registered in the National Historic Fleet.
Challenge was the last steam tug to have worked on the Thames, but is best known for the role she played in Operation Dynamo, the evacuating of troops from the shores of Dunkirk in 1940.

Great Yarmouth's very own Lydia Eva will once again be moored quayside for visitors to go aboard and experience the very latest in steam drifter technology from 1930. She has since been extensively restored and refurbished.
And as if that wasnt enough excitement, 3 different stages play host to a huge variety of live shanty music and sea shanty songs performed live by bands from all over the UK and Europe.

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