2018 Participating Vessels

Partial listing below. Please check back frequently for updated 2018 vessels.

Schooner-Brilliant-640x512BRILLIANT

Homeport: Mystic, CT

Brilliant is an offshore classroom for Mystic Seaport’s education programs. Her sailing program offers people of all ages the opportunity to learn about sailing on one of the finest wooden schooners ever built. Since 1953, Brilliant has sailed the equivalent of five times around the earth, with more than 9,000 students setting her sails and steering her course.=

Brilliant’s excellent condition is a testament to the designers and skilled craftsmen who built her to the highest standards at the Nevins yard in 1932, and to the careful maintenance she has received ever since. Originally built for offshore cruising, Brilliant has proven herself in many races and is the platform for the nation’s oldest sail education program.

Brilliant is owned and operated by Mystic Seaport and inspected by the United States Coast Guard. Though traditional in operation and construction, Brilliant carries modern navigation and safety equipment. She has been described by WoodenBoat Magazine as one of the 100 most beautiful classic boats in existence and as “one of the best maintained and sailed classic yachts in the country — if not the world.”


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MYSTIC WHALER – NEW LONDON’S TALL SHIP

Homeport: New London, CT

For 40 years the Schooner MYSTIC WHALER has guided thousands of travelers through the unspoiled waters and ports of Southern New England and Chesapeake Bay.

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columbiaCOLUMBIA

Homeport: Panama City, FL

COLUMBIA is a steel hulled replica of the original Gloucester Fishing Schooner of the same name, which went down in heavy seas with all hands on August 24, 1927.  COLUMBIA’s rebirth was the dream of Brian D’Isernia of Eastern Shipbuilding of Panama City, FL, a recent and generous contributor to the National Coast Guard Museum, which will be built on the downtown New London waterfront.

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STOL-791x1024TREE OF LIFE

Homeport: Newport, RI

The Schooner Tree of Life is a masterpiece of craftsmanship. Combining old world and traditional design with modern hull construction, she has proven herself a safe and comfortable world cruiser, having circled the globe twice!

Custom milled Hawaiian Koa wood embraces you as you enter the main salon aboard the Tree of Life. Combined with solid mahogany and solid teak, the woodwork is second to none. The spacious main salon offers both a large U-shaped sitting area with a large screen TV and stereo equipment, as well as a dining table for six with leafs that make it comfortable for ten.

The galley itself is a work of art with solid maple cabinetry. And with the benefit of modern refrigeration, a four burner stove, an oven and a microwave oven, the delicious and healthy food that our chef prepares will keep you wanting to come back for more.

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Spray-BannerFIRE FIGHTER (Pending)

Homeport: Greenport, NY

During a career which spanned seven decades protecting New York Harbor, the Fire Fighter and the crews who manned her wove a history of tradition, service, action, valor, sacrifice, tragedy and hard-earned pride unlike any other in the modern world. Present for nearly every maritime emergency in New York City’s history during her time in service with the City of New York Fire Department, the Fire Fighter has seen both herself and her crew decorated for valor more times than any other fireboat, and her roles in some of the 50 major multi-alarm fires she battled during her career have become the stuff of legend among the marine community. Known by her crews simply as the “Fighter”, she was also the Queen of the FDNY Marine Unit Fleet, a Gallant Ship, a National Historic Landmark and for a period of 65 years held the title of World’s Most Powerful Fireboat.

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2017 Vessels Included:

coleUSS COLE

USS Cole (DDG-67) is an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyer homeported in Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Cole is named in honor of Marine Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, a machine-gunner killed in action on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945, during World War II. Cole is one of 62 authorized Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, and one of 21 members of the Flight I-class that utilized the 5 in (130 mm)/54 caliber gun mounts found on the earliest of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The ship was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding and was delivered to the Navy on 11 March 1996.

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thunderbayUSCGC THUNDER BAY

The USCG Bay-class icebreaking tug is a class of 140-foot (43 m) icebreaking tugs of the United States Coast Guard, with hull numbers WTGB-101 through to WTGB-109.

They can proceed through fresh water ice up to 20 inches (51 cm) thick, and break ice up to 3 feet (0.91 m) thick, through ramming. These vessels are equipped with a system to lubricate their progress through the ice, by bubbling air through the hull.

 

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bollardUSCGC BOLLARD

Homeport:  New Haven, CT

USCGC Bollard (WYTL-65614) is a cutter in the US Coast Guard. Bollard is a small icebreaking harbor tug that operates in Long Island Sound and north to Narragansett Bay. Her homeport is New Haven, Connecticut.

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albacoreUSCGC ALBACORE

Homeport: New London, CT

USCGC ALBACORE is an 87-foot coastal patrol boat in the Marine Protector Class.

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hovercraftBLACKBIRD VII HOVERCRAFT

This innovative ship operates a unique charter and a scheduled ferry services off City Pier in New London. Its powerful fans create a cushion of air that lifts the hull above the water’s surface, resulting in a “frictionless” glide over the water that minimizes fuel consumption.

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OLIVER HAZARD PERRYReady to go (10)

Homeport: Newport, RI

OLIVER HAZARD PERRY is the Rhode Island Tall Ship providing a 200 foot long, three-masted sailing school
that provides education and adventure-at-sea programs to youth and adults, while advancing Rhode Island’s
and New England’s rich maritime heritage.

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columbiaCOLUMBIA

Homeport: Panama City, FL

COLUMBIA is a steel hulled replica of the original Gloucester Fishing Schooner of the same name, which went down in heavy seas with all hands on August 24, 1927.  COLUMBIA’s rebirth was the dream of Brian D’Isernia of Eastern Shipbuilding of Panama City, FL, a recent and generous contributor to the National Coast Guard Museum, which will be built on the downtown New London waterfront.

To learn more, click here.

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whalerMYSTIC WHALER – NEW LONDON’S TALL SHIP

Homeport: New London, CT

For 40 years the Schooner MYSTIC WHALER has guided thousands of travelers through the unspoiled waters and ports of Southern New England and Chesapeake Bay.

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roannROANN

Homeport: Mystic, CT

ROANN comes to us from Mystic Seaport, America’s Museum of the Sea. It is a rare example of a historic Eastern-Rig Dragger.

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44LEADERSHIP 44

The Leadership 44 sailboats are used to train cadets at the United States Coast Guard Academy in seamanship, navigation, and leadership as part of the academy’s Coastal Sail Training Program.They came to New London as the result of a collaborative partnership of the Coast Guard Foundation, the Coast Guard Guard Academy Alumni Association, the Coast Guard Academy Parents Association at the Academy itself. 

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pointerKINGS POINTER

176 foot training vessel out of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

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