17 Tall Ships, 10 Warships to Sail Into NY Harbor

OpSail 2012 and Fleet Week begin May 23

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tall ship Gloria (Courtesy of OpSail)

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.


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neil from U. S A.

i was on HMS London 4/8/1976 moored on the hudson next to the cherry b one of our frigets. we stayed at rhode island before new york for two weeks stayed with jed henley something to do with jimy the uk cant find anything about us being there help if you can neil t.a,

Dec. 03 2012 06:39 PM
J. Fred Rodriguez Jr. from New York City

I am a Maritime Historian, a Guest Lecturer on 76 different passenger & cruise ships during over 200 voyages, an award winning Maritime Photographer, a “Merchant Mariner” for 31 years and a former staff member in the World Trade Center for the grand bi centennial event known as OPeration SAIL ’76.

OPeration Sail originated back in 1961 from a dream by the late great Frank O. Braynard. The epic OPeration SAIL events have taken place in 1964, 1976, 1986, 1992 and 2000 so far. Now we are on the threshold of yet a sixth OP SAIL.

The whole idea behind OP SAIL is to unite the sailors of the world, both merchant and military jointly in peace and harmony by working side by side keeping our loved ones at home safe & sound. Freedom is not free. F.O.B., as he was sometimes called by those who knew him well, also went on to put aside “Maritime Day” in 1933 as a national day of recognition for sailors and shipping the world over. Maritime Day, always on May 22nd, is proclamated each year since 1933 by the President of the United States and commemorates the first trans-Atlantic crossing of the American steamship SAVANNAH in 1819.

Frank also went on to have the Statue of Liberty lit up on a permanent basis in 1949, wrote 60+ books on ships & shipping including a six volume set on his favorite ship, the LEVIATHAN. As a well-established “Maritime Historian” he worked for the NY Herald Tribune, was the editor of Moran’s Tow Line magazine, created Harbor Festival 1977 - 1980, OP Liner 1972, OP Steam, curator of the American Merchant Marine Museum at King’s Point and a well-known lecturer in the maritime field amongst many other things.

So when we look out and see these beautiful “Wind Blown Queens” passing our eyes this May 23rd with spars lined with their crews, the red, white & blue sprays from the fireboats monitors and the smiles and happiness on faces the world over, remember it was all thanks to Frank’s doing. Frank was a small peace-loving man that became a giant in the maritime industry.

We must not criticize the event for a shortcoming here and there for someone will always make a tiny boo-boo. No matter where we are homeported or which flag waves in your heart, we owe Frank a lot for his many accomplishments in the maritime industry. Did I mention that he was also the founder of the well-known New York maritime attraction known as the South Street Seaport Museum?

I am J. Fred Rodriguez Jr. [ ]. I welcome your comments.

Apr. 17 2012 02:33 PM
bocheball from NYC

respectfully, do we really need to celebrate war, with the attendant ships? Fleet week is a celebration of the destruction of others and our victory at sea/war. (Have we ever apologized for our destruction of Iraq? No, and I doubt we ever will). Keep the ships where they belong, at sea.
This is not intended in any way to disrespect those who served and perished doing their jobs.

Apr. 15 2012 11:17 PM

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