CT Maritime Festival 2023 Vessels 

America’s Tall Ship

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.

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is the largest civilian Sailing School Vessel in the United States. Launched in 2015, Oliver Hazard Perry is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship to be built in the U.S. in over 100 years.  The ship is named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, native son of Rhode Island and the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. In 2018, Oliver Hazard Perry was named the official flagship and tall ship ambassador of the state of Rhode Island.

USCGC Ida Lewis

Home ported 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.

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.

Naval Submarine Base
Harbor Patrol Boats (HPB)

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)

CG Leadership 44

Built primarily for use at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as a replacement for the Luders 44 yawls, originally built for the U.S. Naval Academy in the 1960’s. This sleek vessel is currently used as a training platform for 2/c cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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.

SALT Life Size Inflatable Whale

Salt, the sanctuary’s life-sized inflatable whale, is complete with internal organs and an air-lock that allows entrance for visitors of all different abilities.  The 43-foot long humpback whale is modeled after a real whale, the grand dame of the sanctuary, whose name is Salt. Sanctuary educators use the model to present programs on whale biology and behavior, safe boating around whales, and conservation issues.

Coast Guard Helicopter