Four more ships, a band of pirates and more than 1,000 crew members have come aboard Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007. The Gorch Fock II of Kiel, Germany; the Sherman Zwicker and The Bowdoin, both from Maine; and the Royaliste of San Francisco, have been confirmed as part of Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007. A complete list of Tall Ships participants will be presented at a launch event on April 25. Eric Thompson, chair of the Waterfront Development Corporation, describes the quartet of new entries as, “a diverse collection of world-class ships that we are happy to welcome and showcase as part of the largest gathering of Tall Ships in North America this year.” The Gorch Fock II (Kiel, Germany) was launched in 1958 and has hosted more than 10,000 cadets for sail training cruises as part of the German navy fleet. This barque is a sister ship to the American Coast Guard ship the US Eagle and is named in recognition of Hans Kinau, a popular German writer of sea stories who used the pseudonym Gorch Fock. The Sherman Zwicker (Boothbay, Maine) is a wooden, fishing schooner, built in 1942 at the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard in Lunenburg. With a hull similar to the Bluenose, a sister ship, vessels of this type were used in the Grand Banks dory fisheries until the mid-1960s. The Bowdoin (Maine) is the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy sail training fleet, and the official sailing vessel of Maine. Built in 1921 to explore Arctic waters, it is one of the strongest wooden sailing vessels yet constructed. Between 1921 and 1954, it made 26 voyages above the Arctic Circle. The Royaliste (San Francisco) is a replica of a 1755 ketch commissioned as a dispatch gunship. Quick under sail, the Royaliste is an exhilarating step into the past and today serves as host to crew of pirate re-enactors. Shoreside activities will also see pirates and re-enactors take centre stage at this year’s Festival. The pirate theme will extend to a kids’ pirate camp, as well as themed events and live entertainment. Festival director David Jones described the shore-side activities as “all encompassing.” “There is something for absolutely everyone at this year’s festival,” said Mr. Jones. Visitors can learn more about festival activities, keep up-to-date on ships and buy boarding passes online at www.tallshipsnovascotia.com . Early bird tickets are available for Halifax, now until April 30, for only $10 per day. Visitors can enjoy the entertainment, food, fun and adventure aboard the ships. A portion of all early bird ticket sales will support Rotary clubs in Halifax Regional Municipality. Volunteers can also apply online or by calling 902-405-7700.