It was pretty exciting to see all the boats start heading in! In the far background sits a large tanker. They won't be coming in until high tide later on in the day.
What an incredible view these guys must have! Did you notice the large golden eagle on the bow?
Though the ship might look fairly close in the photos it was actually out there quite a ways. Below was about as much as I could zoom in.
You can see the ship coming around a bit to recieve a little more sun.
Fort McCleary would shoot their cannons to which the USCG Eagle would reply.
Cruising past the Portsmouth Naval Prison which hasn't been occupied since 1974
Below is a brief video I recorded of the Coast Guard tall ship coming up through the harbor. You'll even see the cannons going off at Fort McCleary as well as the ship, but I have to warn you, the video is a bit rough!
You may be wondering where the rest of the ships are. So was everyone else!!! After a few minutes another tall ship came through, though I can't say which one it was since there wasn't any name on the side. I'll show it to you in my next post. That was it though, only 2 tall ships. Apparently the other 2 joined in on the parade further up river.
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