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Tall ship docks in Wilmington, offers chance for ten-day voyage

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WILMINGTON -- As we've been reporting the Prince William tall ship is making a pit stop in the Port City this week. It's on its way from Charleston, S.C. to Nova Scotia, Canada. So what's it really like on this British beauty? Crew member Charly Dodds said, "It may be hard work, but it's enjoyable hard work." Dodds is a crew member aboard the Prince William, a tall ship that's made Wilmington its home for a few days. Dodds is one of many young sailors who's traveling the world with the British ship. "We get to do different jobs and stuff, like set the sails or tidy them away, clean," Dodds said. "A lot of stuff really, but I enjoy doing it all." From tightening the sails to stocking up supplies, the recruits have a hefty workload. And believe it or not, they had to pay to work on this ship -- a whopping $250 for a ten-day voyage. Crew members say throughout the year they see about 1,500 people work on the ship. And according to some of the folks we talked to today, their favorite part about working on the Prince William is sailing and traveling around the world. Their least favorite part was the cleaning. Ship bosun Ben Wheatley said, "Everyone that comes on-board pulls ropes, steers the ship and acts as a lookout, helps with navigation, scrubs the deck like a proper crew. It's tiring because it's a very intense, full-on training for a whole day. But anyone can do it." And the sailors keep coming. The Prince William just welcomed about 30 new crew members from all over the world. You have the opportunity to be onboard the Prince William when it sets sail for Norfolk. For $250 you can be part of a ten-day trip. For more information visit www.tallships.org or call 832-704-5130. Day trip training begins Thursday; contact Captain Roy Love for details: 843-743-9279. And even if you're not ready to set sail you can see the Prince William for yourself at Wilmington's river-walk.

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