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The Danish tall ship Danmark is scheduled to arrive at the Inner Harbor about 11 a.m. today, docking at the West Wall through the Labor Day weekend.

The three-masted, full-rigged, 253-foot-long training vessel has been a popular attraction during its several visits to the city over the past 18 years.

The ship maintains a long heritage. The seafaring Danes' first training ship is thought to have sailed during the 16th century.

The Danmark, which is used to train 80 Danish merchant marine cadets, will be open to the public for free tours from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. The ship is to depart at 10 a.m. Sept. 9. Information: 837-4636.

If you want an early glimpse of the Danmark, the ship is due at the Francis Scott Key Bridge about 9:30 a.m. Fort McHenry and Federal Hill are attractive vantage points from which to see the ship under sail.

The Danmark is the last of five tall ships to visit Baltimore this summer through the efforts of Operation Sail, the mayor's nonprofit volunteer group responsible maritime events in Baltimore.

Operation Sail is supported by contributions and services donated by various organizations, including the city of Baltimore, the Maryland Port Administration, the Hotel and Motel Association of Greater Baltimore, Bell Atlantic, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Coca-Cola, Crown Central Petroleum Corp., Harborplace and The Gallery.

City Swing, an annual dance party at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday and Monday.

Tomorrow will feature big band ballroom dancing. Sunday's attraction will be country-style dancing, and on Monday, the band Mama Jama will bring the sounds of the Caribbean to the harbor.

A children's dance party will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow as part of Harborplace's Kid's Korner. The party also will be held at the amphitheater. In case of rain, the event will move inside the Light Street Pavilion.

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