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Fully rigged ship Mir glides past another one, Suomen Joutsen, on Aurajoki river at Tall Ships' Race in Turku.

Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland), not participating the race, was built in 1902 to serve in the trade between Atlantic and Pacific ports. In 1930 she was bought by the Government of Finland to serve as Finnish Navy training ship. Before World War II she made eight long ocean voyages. From 1956 she was a stationary Seamen's School for the Finnish Merchant Navy. Since 1991, she has been a museum ship by the Forum Marinum museum in Turku.

Mir (Peace) was built as the third of five sister ships at the Lenin-shipyard in Gdansk, Poland in 1987, based on a new type of design for square rigged training vessels. Mir's full complement of sails is 26. She is sailed with a crew of 200 but can be sailed with only 30.

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