Detroit to host international ships for War of 1812 Bicentennial

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 10:22 p.m. EDT

A general view of downtown Detroit's skyline in Detroit, Michigan

A general view of downtown Detroit’s skyline in Detroit, Michigan

DETROIT (WKZO) — Detroit will be a host port for several international ships as the nation commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Next month visitors will be able to tour two U.S. navy ships, the frigate USS De Wert and the coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane.  They will also be able to see a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, a Royal Canadian Navy frigate and the tallship Brig Niagara.

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Gregory Nosal says this will be the first time since 1999 that the U.S. Navy has brought naval ships of this size to the Great Lakes.  Detroit is one of only 15 cities chosen to act as a host port for the bicentennial commemoration of the war of 1812.

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