The Christian Radich, a 215-foot square-rigged "tall ship," is scheduled to arrive this morning in Washington waters and dock on the Southwest waterfront at about 10 o'clock.
A second tall ship, the Danmark, is to arrive here next week, and a HarborFest, featuring music, dancing, viewing the ships and visiting them, is planned for this weekend and next.
The arrival of the two ships, as well as the HarborFest, are part of the presidentially proclaimed Year of the Coast.
The Christian Radich, used to train Norwegian youths for naval or merchant marine service, is expected to pass Mount Vernon at about 8:40 a.m. today and receive a 21-gun salute at 9:10 a.m. from Fort Washington.
One of the few sailing ships of its size still in active service in the world, the three-masted Christian Radich is expected to pass beneath the Wilson Bridge at 9:30 a.m. and moor at about 10 a.m. at the Washington Boat Lines Pier at Sixth and Water streets SW.
Another event is the arrival at 4 p.m. Friday of the Pierce, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research ship.
The Pierce will be open for public inspection at 10 a.m. Saturday and the Christian Radich an hour later. The visits, on a first-come, first-served basis, will end at 3 p.m. and will resume Sunday for the same hours.