Tall ships to invade East Coast

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Celebrating the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, more than 25 tall ships will make their way up the Eastern Seaboard this summer to participate in the Tall Ships Challenge Atlantic Coast 2012 series of races and public maritime festivals.

Coordinated by Tall Ships America in collaboration with local organizers, the Tall Ships Challenge fleet will be hosted at festivals in four major ports of call: Savannah, Ga. (May 3-7), Greenport, N.Y. (May 24-28), Newport, R.I. (July 6-9) and Halifax, Nova Scotia (July 19-23).

Among the international ships planning to participate in the events are the 191-foot Indonesian Naval barquentine Dewaruci; the French Naval tall ships La Belle Poule and Etoile; and the 179-foot barque Picton Castle from the Cook Islands. U.S. vessels include the majestic 295-foot U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle, HMS Bounty, Gazela, Lynx, Pride of Baltimore II, and many more.

The event is separate from the OpSail tall ship fleet that will visit various Eastern Seaboard ports this spring and summer.

Click here for a list of participating tall ships.

For information about Tall Ships America or to learn how to sign aboard a tall ship, visit www.tallshipsamerica.org or contact Lori Aguiar, (401) 846-1775, lori@tallshipsamerica.com.