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Pirates of the Caribbean ship sails in for Titanic Maritime Festival

By John Mulgrew

A tall ship which starred in the Hollywood blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean has joined several other giant vessels, along with a live action sea battle for this weekend's Titanic Maritime Festival.

HMS Bounty and a host of other ships are moored at Belfast's Queen's Quay and Abercorn Basin for the festival which began yesterday.

Now in its sixth year, the annual festival draws thousands of enthusiastic sea dogs from across Northern Ireland, keen to get a taste of life on the ocean wave.

One of the most thrilling attractions will be the live action sea battle, complete with cannon, musketry and swordplay between two lavish wooden square-rigger ships, the Zebu and Vilma, re-enacting a real life encounter between Queen Grainne’s pirate ship and Liverpool privateers.

Landlubbers will also be |kept entertained with a host of activities on Belfast's quayside.

These include traditional willow weaving, drumming circles and maritime-themed arts and crafts.

Street performers will also be keeping visitors busy along with a performance from the world's only dry-land synchronised swimming team, Ladies of the Waves.

A free shuttle bus service will be running today and tomorrow from the city centre to ferry crowds to the festival site.

The Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival is open from 10am-7pm today and 11am-6pm tomorrow.

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