This past weekend the city of Norfolk participated in OpSail, which is an international effort to "promote goodwill and awareness of ships and shipping." Tall ships from around the world are participating in this event by stopping at the US ports of New York City, Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans and New London. Norfolk was invited to participate this year and found the opportunity to highlight the importance of the Navy in the community as well as the Coast Guard and other sea services by including those vessels as well. Also this year our country is celebrating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of our national anthem, the "Star Spangled Banner". So this is also a part of this event. Phew! Anyway, here are some photos I took of the tall ships arriving on Friday. It was spectacular! And only a short walk from my studio!