The city of New Bedford welcomed the Portuguese tall-ship Sagres Wednesday morning.

Dozens of residents greeted the ship at New Bedford's State Pier, many dressed in green and red and waving Portuguese flags and banners.

The training ship brought along a crew of nearly 200, many of them maritime students.

Along with teaching future sailors, the ship offers an educational experience for visitors.

Mayor Jon Mitchell is encouraging residents to get out and explore the vessel.

"There's plenty to see on there and people should make a point to go on the vessel and ask questions because it is a rich learning opportunity," Mitchell said.

Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford Pedro Carneiro says "the ship is a Portuguese ambassador of the sea."

The Sagres will be at State Pier from 11-5 Wednesday and Thursday and is free to the public.

There will also be lectures by Captain Paulo Portugal and others at the Whaling Museum over the two days.