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Garnering support from oceanic institutions worldwide, the Ocean Institute – an Orange County-based ocean education center offering in-depth marine science, maritime history, and outdoor education programs – has announced it will replace its annual Tall Ships Festival with its first Virtual Maritime Festival, a multi-layered interactive and educational event featuring a three-day global stream marathon, September 11 to 13.

During this three-day stream marathon, Ocean Institute will bring together maritime establishments from around the globe, with interactive virtual experiences ranging from maritime reenactments and cannon battles to mermaid encounters, sea shanties, music, and a sail cargo transporting coffee through the Costa Rican jungle. Featuring both live and pre-recorded content, an event highlight is the debut of "Buccaneers Video Game Challenge" utilizing an icon representing The Pilgrim – Ocean Institute’s former full-sized replica of the 1830’s merchant ship detailed in the classic novel, “Two Years Before the Mast,” that sunk earlier this year.

Participating oceanic institutions include Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney; the United Kingdom’s Island Trust; San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park; Lady Washington vessel in Washington; Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hawaii; Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut; and much more.

The inaugural virtual event will be complimentary to all participants, with the goal to further education in all things maritime.

The full schedule of events and signups are available at The free Virtual Maritime Festival is sponsored by Toshiba Corporation.

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