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Celebrating Connecticut’s Maritime Heritage in the historic port city of New London

The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival returns to the New London waterfront September 9th-11th, 2016. Continuing our tradition, the event will feature a range of fun-filled activities for visitors of all ages to celebrate Connecticut’s maritime heritage and the spirit of innovation on the sea. This year we are joining in the celebration to note the founding of US Navy Submarine Base New London in Groton 100 years ago.http://ctsubmarinecentury.com/

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We are thankful to all who attended in 2015 and our community-based committee of volunteers looks forward to providing another quality event next summer. We also appreciate the support of our sponsors and community partners, without whom none of this would have been possible.

The 2015 Festival was the wrap-up event in Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer, and was co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and ADM Robert J. Papp, USCG (Ret.), 24th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard and member of the Board of Directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association.

In 2016, were a proud participant in Connecticut’s Submarine Century, a birthday celebration to note the founding of Naval Submarine Base New London, our nation’s first and we like to think foremost base for our undersea fleet established in 1916.

From David Bushnell’s Turtle Revolutionary War fame, to the world’s first nuclear-powered vessel, the Nautilus, submarines have been an important part of our state’s maritime heritage. As such we are pleased to join with the Navy and the broader community in southeastern Connecticut to celebrate this historic occasion.

Timeline of 2016 Festival Events

(Subject to change)


1 p.m. – Schooners assemble at Ledge Lighthouse

1:15 p.m. – Wronowski tug PATRICIA ANN – leads schooners in Parade of Sail

2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Schooners reach and tie up at City Pier

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Vessels docked at City Pier open for tours/inspection.

3 p.m. – Welcome Ceremony at City Pier Plaza featuring remarks from assembled dignitaries and awards/presentations to the commanding officers of the Sub Base and the Sub School, plus a Community Spirit Award.

4 p.m. – Demonstration by Silver Dolphins Drill Team, Naval Submarine School at City Pier.

5 p.m. – FREE concert at City Pier Plaza – Newport-based Navy Band Northeast


10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Vessels docked at City Pier open for tours/inspection; Navy ship open for tours at Fort Trumbull State Park Pier 7; Static and educational displays under Navy tent at City Pier

Throughout the day – small boat sailing in New London Harbor

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Great New London Chowder Challenge

1 p.m. – Whaleboat races in New London Harbor; Coast Guard simulated helicopter rescue off City Pier (tentative)

4 p.m. – FREE concert Coast Guard Band at City Pier


8 a.m. – Arrival of Oliver Hazard Perry at City Pier

9:30 a.m. – US Navy Flag Retirement Ceremony at City Pier

9:45 a.m. – Tug PATRICIA ANN welcomes aboard firefighters, police and other first responders at City Pier – moves into position off pier to render water salute in 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

10 a.m. – Remembrance Ceremony at City Pier – 15th anniversary of 9-11 attacks – to include appropriate remarks and patriotic selections performed by the Coast Guard Academy Choral Group