Tall ships heading for Quebec City

Tall ships heading for Quebec City

Tall Ships make their way out of Boston Harbor the morning after Sail Boston 2017 drew to a close Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Boston. The majority of the Tall Ships will continue on the next leg of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta to Canada. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia).

Many of the grand sailing vessels departing Boston heading for Quebec City.

BOSTON — The tall ships are shipping out of Boston.

A unique gathering of more than 50 grand sailing vessels from around the world is winding down after six days. The ships started departing Boston Harbor on Thursday morning.

Among them was the U.S. Coast Guard’s Eagle, which was originally built in 1936 by Germany and taken by the U.S. as reparation following the Second World War.

Many of the ships are headed to Quebec City, where they’ll be a part of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

They wrap up their journey in France in late August.

The ships converged in Boston as part of a trans-Atlantic regatta spanning the United Kingdom, Bermuda and other locations. Boston was the lone U.S. port on the route.

The Associated Press

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