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The Tall Ships, by the numbers

For the first time since 2000, you can see them in Boston from June 17 to 22. Here’s a look at some fascinating facts.

GREENWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: 'Tall Ships' sail along the River Thames during the 'Parade of Sails' on the last day of the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival on April 16, 2017 in Greenwich, England. Tall Ships moored along the Thames will set sail for Sines in Portugal on April 19, 2017 as part of the The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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Participants in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta on the River Thames in Greenwich, England.

The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, originating in Royal Greenwich, England, stops in Boston June 17 to 22.

> 7,000 — Distance in nautical miles the Rendez-Vouz 2017 Tall Ships Regatta will cover

> 0 — Number of other US cities the Tall Ships will visit this time around


> 6,238 — Length in feet of the fleet if placed end to end, the rough equivalent of 8 Prudential Towers

> 150 years — Age of the Canadian Confederation, which the race celebrates

> 1911 — Year the oldest vessel in the fleet, Europa, was built, in the Netherlands

> 56 — Number of Tall Ships expected for Sail Boston 2017

> 37 — Number of vessels from the United States


> 380 — Length in feet of the largest vessel (Union, from Peru), which has the largest crew (250)

> 14 — Number of countries represented in the fleet

> 7 million — Number of people who saw the Tall Ships in 2000, the last time a full complement of the vessels visited Boston

> $120 million — Approximate amount spent by Tall Ships visitors in 2000

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“I’m sailing! I’m sailing! I’m sailing! I’m sailing! I sail! I’m a sailor!”   —  Bill Murray as Bob Wiley in What About Bob? (1991)

Sources: Sail Boston; Rendez-Vous 2017; Boston Globe, WBUR