by Liz Welter and Kendra Meinert, Green Bay Press-Gazette

STURGEON BAY – Here’s a sure sign that summer’s coming: The tall ship announcements have started.

The Santa Maria, a replica of the Spanish ships that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in the 15th and 16th centuries, is among the first ships revealed for Nicolet Bank Tall Ships from July 26 to 28 in Green Bay.

Nine historic ships will travel to Sturgeon Bay for the Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Salute and dock overnight July 29.

The vessels depart about 8 a.m. July 30 for sail to Algoma which is the start for the Tall Ships Challenge race to Kenosha.

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