Tall Ships Sail into Boston Tomorrow

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Fleet here to commemorate War of 1812 bicentennial

06.29.2012 By Andreia DeVries
Cisne Branco tall ship of Brazil, Operation Sail OpSail Tall Ships, Boston, MAThe Cisne Branco, a 249-foot-long full-rigged ship from Brazil, is among the fleet of tall ships sailing into Boston this weekend to commemorate the War of 1812 bicentennial. Photo courtesy of OpSail

What better way to begin celebrating the July 4 holiday than by heading down to the water to see the arrival of the tall ships, in town to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Organized by Operation Sail, the fleet—which includes Class A tall ships, active Navy ships, gray hulls, and privately owned tall ships—sails into Boston tomorrow and remains on display at various locations in Boston and Charlestown until July 5.

Some notable ships to look out for are the USS Constitution, which played a vital role in the War of 1812 and is the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat today; the USCG Barque Eagle, the sail training ship of the U.S. Coast Guard; the Gloria, the official flagship and sail-training ship of the Colombian Navy; and the Cisne Branco, a 249-foot-long full-rigged tall ship from Brazil.

The ships will arrive in Boston Harbor between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, June 30, before moving to their assigned berths. They will be docked at Fish Pier and Fan Pier in the Boston Seaport District, the Charlestown Navy Yard, North Jetty, and Black Falcon Terminal. The public ship-viewing schedule varies day to day. Visitors can view the ships from afar and go aboard for tours. Public ship tours are free of charge. Find a complete schedule here.

The tall ships are an integral part of Boston Harborfest (June 28 to July 4) and Boston Navy Fleet Week (June 29 to July 6). Many special events and Independence Day celebrations will start this weekend and run through the following week. Other activities to look out for include the 31st Annual Chowderfest on Sunday, July 1, and the Blue Angels Air Show over Boston Harbor on July 4.

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