HAMPTON-If you don't have time to get to Norfolk to see the tall ships, there's one docked in downtown Hampton.

The Topsail Schooner WOLF, designated flagship of the Conch Republic and Florida Keys, will open for dockside tours Thursday, Friday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. It's tied up at the Hampton Public Pier at 710 Settlers Landing Road.

The WOLF is a classic 74' gaff rigged topsail schooner built in 1982-1983. It's patterned after the blockade runners that plied the waters of the Florida Straits, Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean in the 19th century.

You can buy a ticket to see the Saturday night fireworks display. The Sunset Fireworks Sail is from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and costs $75 per person.

Known for her humanitarian Mission of Mercy Sails, the WOLF and has taken donated relief supplies to Port Antonio, Jamaica after Hurricane Gilbert (1987), Guanaja, Honduras after Hurricane Mitch (1998), Hope Town, Abaco Bahamas after Hurricane Floyd (2004) and to West End, Grand Bahama after Hurricane Ivan (2005.) In 1998, the WOLF transported members of the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage to Cuba on their journey of retracing that ancient route of slavery. In February 2010, the WOLF traveled to earthquake ravaged Haiti, carrying donated relief supplies.

Crew: 3 to 10
Passengers: 44
Armament: 4 cannons
Speed Under Power: 8.5 knots, max.
Speed Under Sail: 12 knots
Engine: Detroit Diesel, GV53, 216 horsepower
Fuel Capacity: 350 gallons
Fresh Water Capacity: 650 gallons

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