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Crowds flock to Sailfest

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William Coleman, 3, of Portland, looks for sharks in the water between New London's City Pier and the Schooner Virginia as his dad, Ben, holds on to him during Sailfest Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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Sea Scout Frankie Card, 16, of Portland, right, and Sea Scout helper Josh Maxwell, 7, of Chester, right, have a snack on New London's City Pier after disembarking their ship during Sailfest Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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Amistad America arrives at New London's Waterfront Park during Sailfest Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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Crowds fill New London's Waterfront Park during Sailfest Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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Hanifa Washington, center, executive director of Amistad America, gives a talk to the ship's visitors about the history of the vessel and slavery during Sailfest in New London Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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James Alvelo, 9, of Meriden, rings the bell aboard the Amistad America during a reflective moment of silence following a talk, given by Hanifa Washington, executive director of Amistad America, standing back left. Washington spoke to the boat's visitors about the history of the vessel and slavery during Sailfest in New London Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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Souvenir vendors begin to find their locations to set in the at the entrance to Fort Griswold Battle Field State Park in the area of Park Ave. and Monument St. in Groton where crowds of spectators gather to view the Sailfest fireworks over the Thames River Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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Madison Fuller, 13, left, her brother, Greyson Fuller, 4, second from right, and her friend, Rachel Martinelli, 13, right, all of Killingly and Mason Gingerella, 6, second from left, 6, of Hopkinton, R.I., play on the lawn at Fort Griswold Battle Field State Park in Groton where crowds of spectators gather to view the Sailfest fireworks over the Thames River Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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The crew of the Amistad America docks at New London's City Pier during Sailfest Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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Crowds gather along New London's City Pier as the Schooner Virginia returns form a sail during Sailfest Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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View of Sailfest crowds from the rooftop terrace of the Mohican Apartments in downtown New London Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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Nevaeh Turner, right, blows bubbles to Hadleigh Thompson before the start of the Sailfest fireworks at Fort Griswold in Groton, Saturday, July 12, 2014.