The Tall Ships will return to the River Mersey in 2018, Liverpool City Council has confirmed.
The fleet, which famously visited Merseyside 10 years ago during the Capital of Culture celebrations, will sail up the river to mark the start of the Biscay Tall Ships Regatta.
Organised by Sail Training International, the event will take place over the bank holiday weekend, from Friday, 25 May to Monday, 28 May 2018.
Liverpool is said to have won the right to host the start of the Regatta, which will see the vessels pass through other port cities including Bordeaux, over several unnamed bidders.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, says: “The Tall Ships was one of the highlights of 2008 and so it’s fitting they make their return in a year when we celebrate a decade since our unforgettable culture title.
“This is an event which can engage with the wider community and provide an experience that captures the hearts and minds of local people and those who will travel from across the globe to see this stunning sight on the Mersey.
“When it comes to large scale, outdoor events, Liverpool excels, but there is always something particularly special about maritime activities. The River Mersey defines Liverpool and whenever we host an event on the waterfront, people come out in their thousands to celebrate the contribution it has made to our heritage, our present and our future.
“Now the deal is officially done, the team will begin planning all the details ahead of 2018 and we look forward to working with Bordeaux and the other port city to make this the best Tall Ships Regatta to date.”
The return of the Tall Ships is part of the wider Eighteen for 18 programme to mark the 10th anniversary of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year.
Other Eighteen for 18 initiatives include the return of Royal De Luxe’s Giants, which could make their way to Wirral, along with other special events, exhibitions, seasons and performances.