In photos: Tall Ships set sail from Charleston

Image by Coast Guard photo/ PA1 Bobby Nash The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, known as "America's Tall Ship," departs Charleston, S.C., Monday afternoon, June 29, 2009, to continue its participation in Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009. View the image big.

After the end of the 2009 Charleston Harborfest, 18 Tall Ships left port with the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle leading the way.

It's not an exciting story, but the photo's are really great.

So be sure to check out these aerial shots by the Coast Guard, and these sea-level shots by The Post and Courier.

In all this year's festival seems to have been a good one, likely setting an attendance record.

Most of the ships are now underway to Boston.

Oh, and here's a quick little video from the air:

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