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.
USCGC 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.
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.
Homeport: New London, CT
USCGC ALBACORE is an 87-foot coastal patrol boat in the Marine Protector Class.
BLACKBIRD 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.