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Photos: Ships, boats and yachts ‘Sail In’ to Amsterdam

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 Stad Amsterdam  clipper, cetner, sails during the Sail-In Parade on August 19, 2015. Photo by Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters

The Stad Amsterdam clipper, cetner, sails during the Sail-In Parade on August 19, 2015. Photo by Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters

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.

The Sail Amsterdam 2015 nautical festival is held every five years in Amsterdam, Netherlands,. Photo by Cris Toala Olivares/Reuters

The Sail Amsterdam 2015 nautical festival is held every five years in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Cris Toala Olivares/Reuters

Sailors stand on the mast of the Guayas, a tall ship from Ecuador, during the Sail-In Parade marking the beginning of the Sail Amsterdam 2015 nautical festival on August 19, 2015. Photo by Paul Vreeker/Reuters

Sailors stand on the mast of the Guayas, a tall ship from Ecuador, during the Sail-In Parade marking the beginning of the Sail Amsterdam 2015 nautical festival on August 19, 2015. Photo by Paul Vreeker/Reuters

Poland's Tall ship Dar Mlodziezy is seen during the Sail-In Parade in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Paul Vreeker/Reuters

Poland’s Tall ship Dar Mlodziezy is seen during the Sail-In Parade in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Paul Vreeker/Reuters

Tall ships mark the beginning of the Sail Amsterdam 2015 nautical festival on August 19, 2015. Photo by Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters

Tall ships mark the beginning of the Sail Amsterdam 2015 nautical festival on August 19, 2015. Photo by Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters

Ecuador's tall ship Guayas is on the left at the Sail-In Parade in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Paul Vreeker

Ecuador’s tall ship Guayas is on the left at the Sail-In Parade in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Paul Vreeker

Here's an aerial view of the Sail-In Parade. Photo by Cris Toala Olivares/Reuters

Here’s an aerial view of the Sail-In Parade. Photo by Cris Toala Olivares/Reuters

The Stad Amsterdam clipper sails  in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters

The Stad Amsterdam clipper sails in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters

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