Fleet of tall ships heading for Bay City this week

Bay City is preparing for this week's arrival of a fleet of tall ships. It's part of a four-day celebration of the era when sailing power ruled the waves.

The high-masted vessels are expected to sail in from Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay and draw tens of thousands of visitors to the Saginaw River waterfront. The 2013 Tall Ship Celebration opens Thursday and runs through July 14th.

It's being held in conjunction with the Tall Ships Challenge, a race across the Great Lakes sponsored by Tall Ships America.

Ships scheduled to be in port this year are the Flagship Niagara, Sorlandet, Peacemaker, Pride of Baltimore Two, Denis Sullivan, Unicorn, Madeline, Lynx, Pathfinder, Playfair, Hindu and Appledore Four.