Prize winner to ride aboard Coast Guard cutter Eagle

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The Coast Guard announced a partnership with the Navy and Operation Sail for "The Star-Spangled Banner" and War of 1812 essay and art contest, part of this year’s commemoration of the War of 1812 and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Winners of the contest will be invited to sail aboard America’s tall ship, the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, during one of the six, planned OpSail 2012 events.

The essay contest requires entrants to submit a 1,000-word essay on one of three topics:

• The role of the USS Constitution and the Navy in the War of 1812
• What "The Star-Spangled Banner" means to me
• The role of the Revenue Cutter Service in the War of 1812

The art contest requires entrants to submit a copy of their original watercolor, oil, or pencil artwork, depicting one of three topics:

• What "The Star-Spangled Banner" means to me
• A maritime scene from the War of 1812
• A Revenue Cutter in action during the War of 1812

One prize will be awarded in each of the OpSail 2012 event cities of New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Va., Baltimore, Boston and New London, Conn. Entrants must name the one port for which their work is competing. Deadlines vary by port city – full rules and deadlines for the contest can be found online at http://www.opsail.org/press-releases/45/opsail-announces-essay-and-art-contest/ and questions regarding contest rules should be directed to contest@opsail.org.

The six OpSail events are part of the nation’s commemoration of the War of 1812 bicentennial.