MAJESTIC MARITIME GATHERING Sailing vessels from around the world converge on Boston

Tall ships participate in Sail Boston’s Parade of Sail, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The U.S. Coast Guard Eagle sails past the Boston skyline during the Sail Boston Parade of Sail, Saturday, June, 17, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON – Dozens of majestic vessels from around the globe dazzled crowds Saturday as the ships sailed through Boston’s inner harbor for the first time in 17 years.

Thick fog, gray skies and a little rain didn’t deter thousands of spectators from filling their boats or gathering at the shores of East Boston, Castle Island and areas around the Boston Harbor, where they eagerly awaited the colorful procession of tall ships dubbed Sail Boston.

The start of the parade was delayed a few hours due to safety concerns over the fog. But crowds still formed along the harbor – binoculars, cameras and selfie sticks in hands – to catch a glimpse of ships in the distance.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Eagle led the parade on the ocean, passing by throngs of people. The white, 295-foot-long tall ship was taken by the U.S. from Germany as reparation following World War II. The ship, which is now used for cadet and officer candidate training, is one of many with a historical backstory.

“Part of what I like about New England is the history and this is sort of a nod to the history,” said Adrian Lindsay, 32, of Boston, who learned of the event a few days ago.

Marion O’Donnoll, 56, of Stoughton, Massachusetts, said she had also just recent....

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