CT Maritime Festival 2024 Vessels

America’s Tall Ship

USCGC Eagle (WIX 327)

The U.S. Coast Guard Eagle is used as a training ship for Coast Guard cadets. The ship offers future officers the opportunity to put into practice the navigation, engineering and professional theory learned in the classroom. Upper-class trainees exercise leadership and perform the duties normally handled by junior officers, while under-class trainees fill the positions of junior enlisted crewmembers. The experience builds character and helps future officers develop leadership and teamwork skills that prove valuable throughout their careers. A permanent crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship year round and provide a strong base of knowledge and seamanship for the training of up to 150 cadets or officer candidates at a time.

USCGC Razorbill

Homeported in New London, CT, the 87-foot USCGC RAZORBILL conducts search and rescue, fisheries enforcement, and homeland security missions throughout Long Island Sound and areas offshore of southeastern New England. RAZORBILL has a crew complement of 11 and can rapidly deploy its embarked 17-foot boat from its stern launch and recovery system.

USCGC Ida Lewis

USCGC Ida Lewis is the lead ship of the United States Coast Guard Keeper-class of Coastal Buoy Tenders. Launched in 1995, she has spent her entire career maintaining navigational aids near her homeport of Newport, Rhode Island. Ida Lewis is assigned to the First Coast Guard District.

The ship’s namesake is Ida Lewis, keeper of the Lime Rock lighthouse. She saved the lives of 24 people over her career at the lighthouse, the first at the age of 16. She served until her death at the age of 69

USCG MH-60T Helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, situated at Joint Base Cape Cod, flies three Sikorsky MH-60T all-weather, medium-range helicopters for search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection, and homeland security missions throughout the waters of New England. The MH-60T is typically operated by two pilots, a flight mechanic, and a rescue swimmer. The helicopter features digital glass cockpit instruments, surface search radar and electro-optical and infrared sensors, and engines standard with the Department of Defense’s H-60 fleet. Air Station Cape Cod also operates EADS HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft.

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey, was built in 1894 at the James and Tarr Shipyard for the Gloucester fishing fleet. Under Captain Bob Bartlett she sailed to within 600 miles of the North Pole, and later brought immigrants to the U.S. under the power of sail. Returned to the US in 1982 as a gift from the newly independent Cape Verdean people, she sailed as an educator until 2005.

T/V Kings Pointer

The Kings Pointer is The United States Merchant Marine Academy’s Capital Training Ship. The United States Maritime Administration acquired the Kings Pointer in 2012. The Kings Pointer, formally Liberty Star, arrived at the Academy in 2013.

The Kings Pointer is 176′ in length, with a displacement of 1,052 Tons. The ship is propelled by two 12 Cylinder EMD Engines, equating to 2,900 combined horsepower. This power turns two 7′ controllable pitch propellers. In addition, the Kings Pointer is equipped with two thrusters, a stern water jet thruster, and a bow tunnel thruster.

Enviro-Lab II “Project O”

Project Oceanology provides more than 20,000 students and adults annually with opportunities to learn about the ocean through firsthand exploration and experiences. Nurturing interest and inspiring enthusiasm for science and for our planet’s marine environment from our year-round waterfront facility in Groton, Connecticut, our vision is to be the center of excellence for inquiry, and place-based science and marine education serving the evolving needs of our global community.