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Four tall ships from four different countries will be visiting Fells Point and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for free tours between now and June 10, as part of a summer of visits planned by Sail Baltimore.

The first to visit is the Spanish tall ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano, docking at Fells Point’s Broadway Pier May 31 to June 5. Built in 1927, she is a four mast topsail, steel-hulled training ship for the Royal Spanish Navy and is the third tallest ship in the world.

Free public tours will be available May 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; June 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and June 4 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Next to visit will be the 177-foot Gazela from Philadelphia, docking at the Inner Harbor’s West Wall from June 1 to 5 for free tours. The Gazela was built in 1901 in Portugal to carry fishermen to Newfoundland. In 1985, she was transferred to the non-profit Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild.

From June 3 to 8, the 340-foot ARA Libertad from Argentina will dock at the Inner Harbor West Wall. Free tours will be offered from June 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;June 6 from noon to 4 p.m., and June 7 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Libertad is a school vessel for cadets in the Argentine Navy.

Japan is sending the JCG Kojima, a 377-foot training ship for the Japanese Coast Guard. She will dock at the Broadway Pier in Fells Point from June 5 to 9, with free tours on June 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. As a training ship for Japan’s Coast Guard Academy, the Kojima takes several dozen graduates on a training cruise around the world.

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Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.