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Dutch tall ship arrives in Great Yarmouth ahead of Maritime Festival

PUBLISHED: 18:05 04 September 2013 | UPDATED: 18:05 04 September 2013

The Morgenster tall ship enters Yarmouth harbour for the weekend Maritime festival.

The Morgenster tall ship enters Yarmouth harbour for the weekend Maritime festival.

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Standing head and shoulders above everything else on the River Yare the Morgenster more than lived up to her top billing as she sailed into Great Yarmouth, today.

The majestic Dutch square-rigged tall ship is the star attraction at the town’s Maritime Festival which is expected to draw around 40,000 visitors over the weekend.

Festival chairman Aileen Mobbs said the sight of her sailing down the river was “just magical.” The Morgenster is offering sailings and still has a few spaces available. Mrs Mobbs said the ship - manoeverable and fast - was based on the American clippers from the 18th century, and that anyone going out on her would be in for a treat.

People on the quayside will be able to visit her and Steam Tug Challenge, a Dunkirk Little Ship, under a joint ticket.

Sailings last up to three hours, depending on the tide times. “It takes about half an hour just to get to the harbour’s mouth,” Mrs Mobbs said, adding: “It’s further than you think.”

To find out more or to book a sailing visit www.maritime-festival.co.uk or call the tourist information centre on 01493 332200.

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