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Maritime festivals in Steveston set to return this summer

The 151-foot Kaisei docked at Britannia Heritage Shipyard for last summer’s Richmond Maritime Festival.  - Martin van den Hemel photo
The 151-foot Kaisei docked at Britannia Heritage Shipyard for last summer’s Richmond Maritime Festival.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

Richmond city council is spending up to $345,000 on boat bashes in Steveston this summer.

Returning this summer are the city’s two maritime-themed summer festivals: Ships to Shore and Richmond Maritime Festival.

Last year’s events hosted 30 vessels and drew an estimated 65,000 visitors, according to city officials.

Civic politicians approved spending Monday to bring the events back.

First up is Ships to Shore, June 29 to July 1, at Imperial Landing and Britannia Heritage Shipyard.

Organizers have been in contact with various ships to attend and have received “positive interest from an exciting mix of vessels,” according to a report from Sandi Swanigan, the city’s major events manager.

Later in the summer, scheduled for Aug. 9 to 11, is the Richmond Maritime Festival, which is entering its 10th year at Britannia Heritage Shipyard.

Organizers are also hoping to lure other vessels to Steveston this summer, boats that aren’t available to attend the city’s two key maritime-related festivals.

Private sponsors and senior government grants are expected to boost the budgets of the events.

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