A U.S. Coast Guard training ship will leave New London on Thursday and lead OpSail 2012, a national three-year event that ends in 2015.
Capt. Eric Jones, commanding officer of the USCG Barque Eagle, said this parade of ships commemorates the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
The ship will travel along the Eastern seaboard and to the Gulf of Mexico.
Jose Fuentes, chairman of Operation Sail, said tall ships from Russia, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and the United States will take part in the multi-port commemoration.
OpSail will visit several ports during the three-month journey and all public ship tours are free.
- New Orleans, Louisiana, April 17-23
- San Juan, Puerto Rico (Tall Ships only), May 9-14
- New York, New York, May 23-30 (Fleet Week)
- Norfolk, Virginia, June 1-12 (Harborfest)
- Baltimore / Annapolis, Maryland, June 13-19
- Boston, Massachusetts, June 30-July 6
- New London, Connecticut (Tall Ships only), July 6-9
Capt. Jones said the fleet of vessels will anchor on July 6 and can be seen just south of Waterford.
On July 7, the fleet will be in New London.