Three tall ships are spending the weekend in Portsmouth for a four-day festival celebrating maritime history.
The three-masted Oliver Hazard Perry, the schooner Harvey Gamage, and the schooner Roseway arrived on Wednesday and traveled up the Piscataqua River.
The "Sail Portsmouth" festival officially started Thursday and runs through Sunday. There will be deck tours, daytime and sunset cruises, educational exhibits, music, and food.
The Harvey Gamage will depart the UNH Pier in New Castle for day sails each day through Sunday. There are four two-hour sails on Friday and Saturday and three on Sunday.
The Oliver Hazard Perry will be docked at the Commercial Fish Pier on Peirce Island throughout the weekend and open for tours. Gates open at 10:00 AM and will be open every day during Sail Portsmouth until 5:00 PM.
Proceeds go to the Piscataqua Maritime Commission's Sea Challenge program, which gives teenagers the opportunity to experience sail training on a tall ship each summer.
For more information, and to purchase tickets ahead of time, go to sailportsmouthnh.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate.