2021 Participating Vessels
Partial listing below. Please check back frequently for updated 2021 vessels.
The 295-foot Barque Eagle is the flagship of the U.S. Coast Guard. She serves as a training vessel for cadets at the Coast Guard Academy and candidates from the Officer Candidate School. The Eagle is the only active-duty sailing vessel in America’s military, and one of only two commissioned sailing vessels, along with the USS Constitution.
Homeport: Mystic, CT
Roann comes to us from Mystic Seaport Museum. Roann is one of the last surviving examples of the fishing vessels that replaced sailing schooners like the Museum’s L.A. Dunton. The eastern-rig draggers originated in the 1920s; indeed, Thomas McManus, who designed the Dunton, was influential in their development. Draggers completed the revolutionary advance from sail to engine, and from hooks to nets, in New England fishing technology. Powered by a diesel engine, and dragging a large conical fishnet called an otter trawl along the seabed, Roann and her crew of three could catch cod and haddock twice as fast as dorymen from a vessel like the Dunton could with their baited hooks. Draggers were also the first to catch large quantities of flounder.
The ship which was formally named Liberty Star is 176′ in length, 37′ in width, draws about 12″ of water and displaces 1,052 tons. The vessel was build in 1980 for the US Space Alliance (NASA) at Atlantic Marine Shipyard on Fort George Island near Jacksonville, FL.
The ship is propelled by two 12 cylinder EMD engines (combined 2,900 horsepower) that turn two seven foot controllable pitch propellers. In addition, Kings Pointer is equ9ipped with two thrusters, a stern water jet thruster and a bow tunnel thruster. The United States Maritime Administration acquired Kings Ponter in 2012 and re-assigned her as a training vessel. Kings Pointer (formally Liberty Star) finished her conversions and arrived at the Academy in 2013. Freedom Star still maintains her original name and is the training vessel at the Seafarers International Union training school in Piney Point MD.
USCG IDA LEWIS
Homeported in Newport, Rhode Island, 175 foot USCGC IDA LEWIS’s area of responsibility spans from Long Island Sound, New York to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. USCGC IDA LEWIS is responsible for a total of 374 aids to navigation. In addition to her primary mission of aids to navigation, USCGC IDA LEWIS also conducts search and rescue, domestic icebreaking, and ports, waterways, and coastal security.
Harbor Patrol Boat
Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London’s harbor patrol boats (HPBs) guard the waterways in the vicinity of the base. The HPBs are 27 feet long, have twin diesel engines that produce a total of 450 horsepower, and can reach speeds of 40 knots. The boats weigh 8,000 pounds when fully fueled and armed, and are manned by two Sailors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tristan B. Lotz/Released)
YDT-4 “Ryan Harris”
YDT-4 “Ryan Harris” is a diving barge assigned to Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London’s Tobias Hall Dive Locker. The barge is unofficially named in honor of Navy Diver 2nd Class (DSW) Ryan Harris who lost his life trying to save a fellow diver in Maryland in 2013. The barge is 61 feet, four inches long and powered by twin Cummings diesel engines that allow it to reach speeds up to 10 knots. The barge is typically manned by 10-12 personnel, eight to 10 of which are divers, and can accommodate three divers in the water at a time. Earlier in 2021, “Ryan Harris” sailed from San Diego back to Groton via the Panama Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tristan B. Lotz/Released)