Celebrate big ships in Hobart

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Those of the nautical persuasion would do well to get themselves to Hobart for the 2013 Tall Ships Hobart event.

Tall Ships runs from September 20-25, 2013 when a number of impressive local and international ships will sail into Hobart in commemoration of the Royal Australian Navy's 100th anniversary – so keep an eye on the seas as the vessels arrive at various times through the event's first day, culminating in a magical display of fireworks.

Besides the majestic sight of all these ships on the city's waterfront, there are also plenty of activities going on along the piers, and it's certainly fun for the whole family.

Get your fill of history with the many maritime displays and exhibitions on at Princes Wharf, and enjoy the various festivities such as pipe and marching bands, Navy cadets and concerts on throughout the event.

Of course, one of the highlights of the week is boarding the Tall Ships themselves – take a look around and get a taste of what life on board might have been like. School students will also get special tours enlightening them with history and some fascinating information behind these boats.

Hungry stomachs will also get special attention with Tasmanian food, wine and cider readily available around the exhibitions and events – so don't worry if you forget your lunch – indulge a little.

This event has a particularly long history, with other similar exhibitions held in 1988 and 1998 – all with the aim of celebrating Tassie's – and Australia's – strong sea-faring heritage. On the last day of the event, the ships will sail away for Sydney for the International Fleet Review, so be sure to secure a great spot where you can watch them drift off towards the horizon.

Tall Ship Event Banner - Image Credit: Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Tall Ship Europa - Image Credit: The Mercury

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