Visiting tall ship is opening its gangway to the public.
VISITORS are invited aboard a tall ship in Sunderland this afternoon. The two-masted brig Stavros S Niarchos entered the Port of Sunderland on Thursday after visiting Blyth last month.
Sunderland is hosting the Tall Ships Race in 2018 and Stavros is visiting as part of a series of North Sea cruises she is making this year.
She will be open to the public today between noon and 5pm.
Coun John Kelly, the city council's portfolio holder for culture, said: "The city council is working with others across the city, region and country to make the Tall Ships a truly great and memorable spectacle.
"Now, with this visit of Stavros, people can get an early idea and impression of what we can expect to see in three years' time. Stavros is a very impressive vessel and definitely worth seeing.
"She'll be seen quite clearly from the university and the National Glass Centre."
Stavros is the largest brig to have been built in the UK in the last century and was commissioned in 2000. She is nearly 60m long and has masts rising to 45m.
She is berthed at Corporation Quay for her fourday visit.
In 2018, Sunderland can expect to be hosting around 70 tall ships from across the world that will berth along the riverfront and in the Port of Sunderland.
Meanwhile, Blyth in Northumberland will welcome similar vessels next year, for the Tall Ships Regatta.
The two-masted brig the Stavros S Niarchos enters the Port of Sunderland