Coast Guard Eagle to stop again in Portsmouth
By GRETYL MACALASTER
Union Leader Correspondent | June 10. 2013 7:10PM
The announcement was made Monday by the Piscataqua Maritime Commission, long-time organizers of Sail Portsmouth.
When the Eagle last came to Portsmouth four years ago, about 12,000 people toured the ship.
The Sail Portsmouth event will also feature all of the other maritime amenities visitors have come to enjoy, including sea shanty singers, pirates, maritime exhibitors and the ticketed captain’s reception on Saturday night.
Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and continue through 7:30 p.m. Tours will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday and continue through 5:30 p.m. There will be no tour opportunities on Friday.
Because tours are free, Coker said the PMC will take a hit financially this year. The event uses no state, local or federal government funding and relies on sponsors and ticket sales. Coker said they have a small contingency fund that will help offset this year’s visit, but Coker said it is worth it.
Job said the Eagle is historically beautiful with it’s ability to put up 23 sails and travel at speeds up to 17 knots because of it’s shape and square-rigged design.
It is the nation’s largest tall ship and travels around the world as an ambassador.
For more information about the event, and for ticket information for the captain’s reception, visit www.sailportsmouth.org.