Visiting tall ships return to the Inner Harbor Friday

Visiting tall ships will return to the Inner Harbor this week.

Sail Baltimore, the nonprofit organization that brings visiting ships from around the world, announced the first tall ship of the 2017 season, the Sørlandet, will arrive at the Inner Harbor's West Wall at 1 p.m. Thursday

The Norwegian 212-foot Sørlandet first launched in 1927 and is the world's oldest full-rigged ship. The rigging will be lighted up as part of the Light City festival, which begins Friday.

The ship serves as a training vessel for A+ World Academy in Kristiansand, Norway, and will arrive with about 50 high school students, plus teachers and crew.

Free public tours are scheduled between 2 and 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The ship is scheduled to depart at 10 a.m. Monday.

The SS John W. Brown, a 441-foot Liberty ship, is also scheduled to arrive Friday at the Broadway Pier in Fells Point.

The ship is one of two remaining fully operational Liberty ships that were built as part of an emergency shipbuilding program during World War II. The John W. Brown was launched at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard on Sept 7, 1942.

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