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‘Old is New’ at the October 16-17 Classic and Wooden Boat Festival.

Four tall ships – Endeavour, James Craig, Soren Larsen, and Southern Swan – will be a major attraction at the 2010 Classic & Wooden Boat Festival at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, on the weekend 16-17 October. The four ships span 300 years of seafaring history and you’ll have the chance to meet the ships’ masters at a tall ships forum and hear a few yarns about life on board. There will also be a fleet of 120 venerable vessels, ranging from yachts to power boats and working boats, on display, plus talks and demonstrations on solar power, boat restoration, rope work and more. The biennial festival will offer a host of family-friendly maritime displays and plenty of kids’ activities, Heritage boat rides on Cockle Bay, food stalls and live music. Tickets are $18 per adult, $9 per child, or $40 for a family and the festival is open 9.30am to 5pm. For bookings, call 02 9298 3777 or visit www.anmm.gov.au/cwbf.

What is it about maritime traditions that we find so appealing in the 21st century?