The 2009 Harborfest got off to a great start last night when Mayor Joe Riley spoke at the Captain's Welcome Reception at the Charleston Maritime Center. Brad Van Liew, director of the Maritime Foundation thanked all of his Harborfest sponsors and told everyone to make the foreign sailors to feel welcome. Gentlefolk mingled with uniformed crew getting some shore leave after sailing to Charleston from Bermuda. Ship tours begin at 10:30 today and the polished and polite crews were already extending invitations to 'come aboard' at the Thursday night reception. Visitors can go to the Maritime Center or the Passenger Terminal for Harborfest activities all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Photos By Jeff Dennis: Xavier, Lisa, Antoine and Nicolas are crew from the French ships Belle Poule And Etoile, Flags from the French sister ships fly over the Maritime Center, The Pride of Baltimore is moored in the Charleston Harbor, an interesting aft sail on a Tall Ship at the Passenger Terminal