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Belfast to push the boat out for Maritime Festival

By Lesley-Anne Henry

Thousands of people are expected to descend on the city over the next two days to celebrate our nautical heritage.

The Maritime Festival, now in it’s fifth year, will see majestic sailing ships such as the Thalassa, Ruth, Lord Rank and Johanna Lucretia drop anchor at Clarendon Dock, Queen's Quay and Abercorn Basin. And the Phoenix, which appeared in Ridley Scott’s film 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and the steamboat Jacinta will also be docked for boarding.

The festival has been organised by the Belfast City Council with support from the Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

For those wishing to stay ashore there will be live music, children’s entertainment, the international market and exhibitions exploring Belfast’s seafaring history.

Meanwhile, Queen’s Quay will host a culinary celebration in a seafood marquee with cooking demonstrations, outdoor games and face painting.

A free maritime shuttle bus will operate from 12noon to 7pm today and from 10am to 7pm tomorrow.

There will be no parking at Clarendon or Pollock Dock, however the Odyssey pay car park will be open and is ideal for people wanting to use the shuttle bus.

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