Tall ship Stavros S Niarchos to leave Sunderland early

The Stavros S Niarchos  by Mark Dugdale
The Stavros S Niarchos by Mark Dugdale
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The impressive Stavros S Niarchos which sailed into the River Wear, last week, will leave the port today.

The vessel visited the city to give people a taste of what is to come when it hosts the Tall Ships Races in 2018.

The two-masted brig is the largest to have been built in the UK in the last century and was commissioned in 2000.

She is 200ft long (197ft/59.4m) and has masts rising to nearly 150ft (148ft/45m).

The ship, berthed at Corporation Quay, had been due to leave the port at 2pm, however, will now leave at 11am.