120 historic sailing ships in Copenhagen Harbour

At Pentecost the quays and canals of Copenhagen will spring to life for an open house day with races and activities for children and adults
Around Pentecost, on 9–12 June, 120 historic sailing ships from across the country will gather in Copenhagen Harbour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the formation of Træskibs Sammenslutningen, the Society for the Preservation of Older Commercial Vessels.
The smell of seawater and tar will be everywhere: each of the many old wooden sailing ships will be sailed and manned by crews who are making a tremendous effort to ensure the vessels remain shipshape in the traditional sailing ship style. The organisers of the Pentecost Convention expect thousands of visitors to Nyhavn and Havnegade, where the ships will be moored and a host of maritime activities will be arranged, also on land.
Old crafts will be demonstrated, there will be “Open Ship” on many of the vessels, children will be able to get a real sailor’s tattoo and anyone will have an opportunity to learn to tie proper sailor’s knots. And nobody will miss the singing accompanied by accordion music.
Also on offer will be delicacies and handcrafted goods from different parts of the country, which will be brought to Copenhagen in the old way, in the hold and on deck. From Friday to Sunday there will thus be a maritime market during the day, where visitors will be able to buy products from Fejø, Ærø, Bornholm, Aalborg…
For ship lovers the show will offer a unique opportunity to study the many well preserved schooners, ketches, yachts, sloops and other wooden vessels. The aim is to showcase Denmark as a maritime nation in the past, today and in future, and to present the country’s maritime heritage in the beautiful setting around Nyhavn.
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