From 19th century Dutch vessels to the largest sailing wooden ship in the world, historic boats charmed thousands of visitors at the North Sea Canal in and around IJhaven in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Wednesday.
Every five years, as many as 600 ships navigate around the canal for a five-day festival in order to showcase and celebrate Netherland’s history of seafaring and ports. The event, called SAIL Amsterdam, started in 1975 and boasts of being Netherland’s largest public event and the world’s largest free nautical event.
The clipper Stad Amsterdam, along with other participating tall ships, smaller warships and racing yachts, started the journey Wednesday morning from parts of Germany and western Netherlands to Amsterdam for the an opening parade. According to SAIL Amsterdam, more than 1,000 vessels and 2 million visitors are expected to converge.