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The Melbourne International Tall Ships Festival almost passed me by; I knew it was on but nearly missed completely the opportunity to see them. It was only by chance that last Thursday I was sitting having a coffee at Williamstown's Nelson Place, with two little dogs in tow, when I noticed an unusually large amount of car and pedestrian traffic going to and coming from the Seaworks dock. It was then that I remembered! I walked the dogs hastily down to the pier, through the reception area and out on to the pier where hundreds were massed to see the docked ships. It was difficult to take photos with the dogs' leashes being too short to raise one hand to the camera, but I managed to get some reasonable shots all the same.

Nine ships sailed up Port Phillip Bay to dock at Williamstown on the 6th September - 4 Australian, and 5 from Indonesia, the UK and the Netherlands. I had really wanted to photograph them in full sail on the bay, but didn't even manage to catch them motoring up to the pier a few minutes earlier, before I had even remembered the festival. The first ship on the left side is the Dutch vessel "Oosterschelde", while on the right is the British "Lord Nelson" from Southampton, one of only two tall ships specially designed to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals.

The festival finished yesterday, Saturday 14 September, when the ships sailed down the bay to shelter in an inlet overnight before sailing out on to the open sea through the narrow 'Rip' today.

As I left Seaworks I noticed that dogs were not allowed and that the entry fee was $7; somehow, I had managed to avoid both of these strictures.

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Additional Photos by Andrew McRae (macondo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2875 W: 101 N: 4800] (18551)
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