Electric Boat provides funding for bus shuttle service at 2015 Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival
Groton Based Submarine Manufacturer joins list of sponsors for Connecticut’s Annual Celebration of the Sea
NEW LONDON, Conn. (September 4, 2015) – General Dynamics Electric Boat has joined the sponsors of the 2015 Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival and is providing funding for a bus shuttle service between City Pier and Fort Trumbull State Park on Saturday September 12, the final day of the four day Festival, which takes place September 9-12 in the historic city of New London.
Two free shuttles will run continuously between City Pier and Fort Trumbull from 11:00am to 4:00pm, and will allow Festival goers easy access to visit the Navy Ship Trenton and Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis at Fort Trumbull as well as taking in all of the activities at City Pier.
“We greatly appreciate Electric Boat’s generous support of this initiative, “said Bruce MacDonald, Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival. “It will allow us to move people between these two important locations, and we very much appreciate the support from this community minded company that has done so much for Southeastern Connecticut over the years.”
The Festival is the wrap-up event in Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer 2015, and will be co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and ADM Robert J. Papp, USCG (Ret.), 24th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard and now member of the Board of Directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association.
Festival highlights also include the arrival of and visits on board the Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s official Tall Ship, an elegant Captain’s Ball honoring University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst and six US Coast Guard “Every Day Heroes”, a lighted boat parade, a schooner race, educational programs for schoolchildren and whaleboat races on the Thames.