Tall Ships to vist Hobart in September 2013
Tasmania is to host tall ships from around the world at a new event announced by the Premier Lara Giddings on 23 October 2012.
Ms Giddings said that the ships were visiting Australia to help the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) celebrate its 100th anniversary.
“The Navy announced yesterday that it has called for an International Fleet Review to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first entry of the RAN into Sydney Harbour in 1913.
“This is an invitation to other nations to send a warship, a tall ship, or both, to attend the celebration.
“The plan is to accommodate many of the participating vessels in other ports as they assemble to join up in the final approach to Sydney on 5 October 2013.
“The Tasmanian State Government is taking this opportunity to welcome these participating tall ships into Hobart and conducting an event entitled Tall Ships 2013 around their visit as a salute to Tasmania’s nautical heritage and our historical engagement with the sea.”
Ms Giddings said that many of the participating tall ships and warships participating in the Navy’s Fleet Review will choose to visit Hobart from 20 to 25 September 2013.
“To complement their visit, shore-based activities including displays and food in Princes Wharf No 1, and nautically themed entertainment on Parliament House lawns, will be coordinated by the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Inc.
“A ‘host-a-sailor’ program will also be featured during the five-day stopover and the tall ships will be open to the public during this period with specific times being allocated to schools’ visits.”
Ms Giddings said that Tasmania has hosted similar events in 1988 and 1998 which were well-attended and most memorable.
“Research on the 1998 event indicated around 200 000 people attended the event with over 6 000 international and interstate visitors.
“Importantly, events such as this present a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect upon and celebrate our rich maritime heritage and appreciate the contribution that the maritime industry still makes to our economy today.”