17 Tall Ships, 10 Warships to Sail Into NY Harbor
OpSail 2012 and Fleet Week begin May 23
Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 12:00 AM
For the first time in 12 years, tall ships will sail into New York Harbor next month to mark Fleet Week, the bicentennial of The War of 1812 and to commemorate the writing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
It’s only the fifth time in the city’s history that the fleet of 17 tall ships and 10 warships will be in the city. Past visits — in 1976, 1986, 1992 and 2000 — marked specific historical events.
The flotilla — with vessels from Indonesia, Spain, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico and France — will be lead by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Eagle.
On the morning of May 23, they will sail under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, enter the harbor and parade up the Hudson River to the George Washington Bridge. They will then turn around and berth at piers throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.
The tall ships and warships will be open at no charge for public visits. The event marks the start of Fleet Week when the U.S. Navy will also have its vessels in the city.