Amistad is what is known as top-sail schooner, or a Baltimore Clipper – a recreation of what historians believe to be the best representation of what La Amistad would have looked like on the outside in 1839.

The impetus for the building Amistad came from Warren Q. Marr II, former editor of the NAACP’s The Crisis magazine. Marr’s inspiration for the recreation emerged during Operation Sail 1976, a tall ship festival held that year in New York Harbor. Participating in that event was a representation of La Amistad; it was actually an old Western Union vessel with its name temporarily hidden under signs proclaiming her Amistad.

USMMA 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.

USMMA Tug Elizabeth Anne

T/V Elizabeth Anne has been a fundamental part of the Training Vessel at Kings Point. The United States Maritime Administration acquired the Elizabeth Anne in 2014.

The Elizabeth Anne is 60′ in length with a gross tonnage of 113 Tons. The tug is powered by two Detroit Diesel Engines, rated at 800 horsepower. This power turns two propellers.

The Elizabeth Anne returned home to Kings Point in the Spring of 2021, after receiving a new state of the art electronics package. New Radars, Chart Plotter, AIS, Auto Pilot, and Rudder Indicators has elevated “The Tug” to one of the most efficient and productive training platforms Kings Point Waterfront has to offer.

T/V Elizabeth Anne is stationed inside Kings Point’s Hague Basin, on the newly renovated Mallory Pier.

USCG Cutter Coho

Friday, for the opening ceremony only

The Marine Protector class is a class of coastal patrol boats of the United States Coast Guard. The 87-foot-long vessels are based on the Stan 2600 design by Damen Group, and were built by Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana. Each boat is named after sea creatures which fly or swim. Missions include combating drug smuggling, illegal immigration, marine fisheries enforcement and search and rescue support. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks many have a homeland security mission in the form of ports waterways and coastal security (PWCS) patrols.



The Connecticut River Museum hosts the Onrust, a re-creation of the vessel Adriaen Block built in 1614.  Built over several years in upstate New York using traditional plans and means, the Onrust is a wholly unique ship that serves to educate and entertain visitors curious about the age of exploration, the fur trade, and our early colonial history.

The Onrust (Dutch for “unrest” or “restless” ) was a Dutch Ship built by captain and explorer Adriaen Block and the crew of his ship, the Tyger, which had been destroyed by fire during the winter of 1613 in New York Bay.  Block was immortalized as namesake of the small island in Long Island Sound that is perennially popular with modern visitors to these waters. His voyage was used as the basis for the Dutch claim to the territory of New Netherland, an area that included parts of what are now the states of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Onrust’s construction took place near Manhattan during the winter of 1614. She was about 45 feet long, 12 feet in beam and had a load capacity of 16 tons. The ship was America’s first yacht.

Onrust was launched into upper New York Bay in April of 1614. She explored the New York coast and rivers, and sailed through the treacherous passage called ‘Hellegat’ (Dutch for ‘Hell’s hole’, later anglicized to Hell Gate) in the East River. She then went on to explore the harbors of Long Island and Connecticut, “discovering” the Housatonic and Thames Rivers. She sailed up the Connecticut River past the future site of Hartford. The Onrust continued on to Narragansett and Buzzards Bays, and from there to Cape Cod.

The last historical account of the Onrust describes her 1616 expedition to explore the Delaware River under the command of Captain Cornelius Hendrickson.


Fishing Vessel Jeanette

The fishing vessel Jeanette deploys lobster traps to catch legal-sized lobsters that are then sent to market.  She will be open for tours during the festival so that people can see the gear that is used and talk to a local lobsterman about this unique fishery.

USCGC Ida Lewis

Commissioned April 12, 1997 and homeported in Newport, Rhode Island, 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.

The Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis is a 175-foot “Keeper Class” coastal buoy tender. She is the first of 14 ships of her class named in honor of famous lighthouse keepers from the U.S. Lighthouse Service, which became part of the Coast Guard in 1939.

Ida Lewis was named for Idawalley Zorada Lewis, one of a number of women lighthouse keepers in the Lighthouse Service. Her father, Capt. Hosea Lewis, was appointed the keeper of Lime Rock Light, near Newport, Rhode Island. After Capt. Lewis had a stroke, responsibilities fell to Ida and her mother. Ida made her first rescue at the age of 16, and went on to carry out as many as 24 documented rescues. After her death, the Lime Rock Lighthouse was renamed Ida Lewis Lighthouse, the only such honor ever given to a lighthouse keeper.…/tenant…/uscgc_ida_lewis.html

R/V Enviro Lab

R/V Enviro Lab is equipped to sample local fish and lobsters from Long Island Sound, collect water quality data and sample the plankton.  They will have a live touch-tank available during the Festival!

Project Oceanology is a non-profit education and research facility dedicated to nurturing student and public interest and enthusiasm for marine sciences. Their mission since 1972 has been to nurture interest and inspire enthusiasm for science and for our planet’s marine environment. Project Oceanology is a year-round, marine science educational organization, based out of Groton, CT, governed by local school districts and in collaboration with universities and other educational institutions.