By Paul Coslett
The Tall Ships’ Race visited Liverpool in 1984 and again in 1992 with thousands of visitors enjoying the maritime extravaganza.
In 1984 and 1992 the River Mersey played host to the spectacular sight of the tall ship fleet.
Ships from around the world moored on both sides of the Mersey attracting thousands of visitors to the area. The 1984 visit coincided with staging of the International Garden Festival.
Ships of all different classes take part in the Tall Ships’ Race with crews from across the globe.
The first Tall Ships’ Race took place in 1956 with twenty vessels with crews drawn from drawn from cadets and seamen under training.
Crowds visiting the Tall Ships
In 1984 BBC Radio Merseyside had reporters positioned right along the river on both banks to cover the arrival and departures of the ships.
There was also a permanent presence in Birkenhead where many of the ships were based with daily broadcasts during the ships three week stay.
In 1992 the station broadcast live from amongst the ships on the river.
The race now has between 70-100 ships participating and is held every summer in European waters.
The race typically takes in four ports; the last UK port to host the race was Newcastle Gateshead in 2005.
last updated: 11/06/2008 at 16:55