We will be regularly adding vessels to this list of participants in the 2016 Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival:
USS RAMAGE DDG
USS RAMAGE DDG, 61, is a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer of the Arleigh Burke Class. It will be docked at Fort Trumbull State Park and be open for tours on the following schedule: Friday, Sept. 9, 12 to 5; Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 11, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors should have a photo ID and security screening will be in place. Please check: www.ctmaritimefest.com/ramage (it should be set up shortly)
The RAMAGE is named for Vice Admiral Lawson P. “Red” Ramage who won the Medal of Honor for his exploits as a WW-II submarine commander in the Pacific. He had family ties to New London and once commanded Atlantic Fleet submarine forces from the Sub Base in Groton. The headquarters building at the base is named in his honor.
The RAMAGE is commanded by Steven Liberty who began his naval career as an enlisted man at the Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton.
Homeport: Charleston, S.C.
Making her initial appearance at the Connecticut Maritime Festival, the Spirit of South Carolina is a 140-foot schooner. Her design closely resembles that of the 19th Century Charleston harbor pilot schooner Frances Elizabeth. She is shaped from Carolina live oak, cypress and long leaf yellow pine. She hosts numerous educational programs, including those introducing students to life at sea on a traditional sailing vessel.
Homeport: New London, CT
PATRICIA ANN is a towing vessel, 102 feet in length. It has a steel hull and was built in 1960. The vessel is currently owned by the Wronowski family’s Thames Towboat Company of New London. It was previously a US Navy ship. She is named for Patricia Ann Hewitt, sister of Thames Towboat president John P. Wronowski.
Homeport: Mystic, CT
Roann, an Eastern rig dragger that measures 60 feet in length is one of the few remaining examples of fishing vessels that once worked New England waters. Built in 1947 in Thomaston, Maine, Roann and those like her replaced sail-power ships that had ruled the seas for centuries. Today Roann is part of the fleet of historic ships owned by Mystic Seaport. In addition to being available for viewing at City Pier during the festival, Roann will serve as the committee boat for the annual schooner race on Saturday, September 12th.
LETTIE G. HOWARD
Homeport: New York, NY
The Lettie G. Howard is one of few surviving examples of the fishing schooners once in wide use in the North Atlantic. She is a rare beauty with classic fishing schooner lines, turning heads wherever she goes, and is a designated National Historic Landmark. After an active life in the fisheries of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Lettie arrived at South Street Seaport Museum in 1968. In 1994, after an extensive two-year rebuild that restored her to her original appearance, she was certified as a Sailing School Vessel by the U.S. Coast Guard and began a new career carrying students of all ages on life-changing voyages.
Homeport: New London, CT
Freedom Schooner AMISTAD, Connecticut’s Flagship and Tall Ship Ambassador, fosters unity among people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, and promotes the legacies of leadership, cooperation, perseverance and social justice inherent to the Amistad Incident of 1839. AMISTAD was built at Mystic Seaport in 1999 and launched in March 2000.
Historic 75-foot clipper built in 1906. Mary E is the lone survivor of more than 4,000 wooden sailing vessels built in the Bath, Maine area. Originally a fishing and cargo schooner plying the waters of Block Island Sound, she also transported illegal goods and liquor during Prohibition. Twice restored, she now sails out of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.
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
BRILLIANT returns to defend its 2014 championship in the Connecticut Maritime Festival Schooner Race. Based at Mystic Seaport, BRILLIANT is an offshore classroom for the Seaport’s education programs. 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.