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  • Phelps Hobart
    DATE: July 23, 2008 14:57:44 PST Old Guard Meets The Future In San Francisco Bay (Photos available) District 11 Public Affairs U.S. Coast Guard Photo Release
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 24, 2008
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      DATE: July 23, 2008 14:57:44 PST
      Old Guard Meets The Future In San Francisco Bay (Photos available)
        

      District 11 Public Affairs
      U.S. Coast Guard

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      Photo Release

      Date: July 23, 2008

      Contact: Public Affairs (510) 437-3325

      Old Guard Meets The Future In San Francisco Bay (Photos available)

      SAN FRANCISCO (July 23, 2008) -- In a historic rendezvous, the Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle, and the cutter Bertholf passed along side each other near the San Francisco Ferry Terminal today.

      The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is a three-masted barque, and carries square-rigged sails on the fore and main masts. The sailing vessel is 295 feet long, can attain speeds of up to 17 knots under full sail, and has the capacity to carry 239 passengers and crew. The Eagle has been in service within the Coast Guard since 1946, serving as a training platform for cadets and officer candidates to learn leadership, teamwork, seamanship, and navigation skills. She is the only square-rigged sailing vessel still actively serving in the Unites States military. The Eagle is visiting San Francisco and five other West Coast ports, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Astoria, Tacoma, and Victoria, British Columbia.

      The Bertholf is the lead ship in the new Legend class of cutters designed to be the flagship of the modern Coast Guard fleet. Bertholf will improve operational readiness and enable the Coast Guard to fulfill its multi-mission roles more effectively through better sea keeping, higher sustained transit speeds, greater endurance and range, and a greater ability to launch and recover improved small boats, helicopters, and eventually unmanned aerial vehicles - all key attributes in enabling the Coast Guard to implement increased security responsibilities.

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      Click here to view the full press release on the Bertholf's arrival to its new home at Coast Guard Island, Alameda, Calif.

      Click here to view the full press release on Eagle's visit to the San Francisco Bay.

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      DATE: July 17, 2008 14:36:32 PST
      Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE to be featured in Festival of Sail

      District Eleven Public Affairs

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      Press Release

      Date:  July 17, 2008

      Contact: Coast Guard Public Affairs: (415) 399-7326

      Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE to be featured in Festival of Sail 

      SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle will participate in the 2008 Festival of Sail Parade, here. The Eagle will lead 35 other vessels as they sail beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco waterfront prior to docking at Embarcadero Pier 30/32.

      The Parade of Sail will begin at 12 p.m. on July 23, and will be visible from nearly any downtown San Francisco waterfront location. A 100-yard moving safety zone around each vessel participating in the Festival of Sail will be established, and will be enforced by the Coast Guard from 12 p.m. through 3 p.m, or until the conclusion of the event.

      In addition to the Parade of Sail safety zone, there will also be enforced safety zones from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. during mock cannon battles, taking place west of Alcatraz Island on July 25 and 26, and west of Treasure Island on July 24 and 27.

      The boating public is reminded that passing through or anchoring within these safety zones is prohibited, unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or his designated representative. While enjoying time on the water during the event, all mariners are reminded to have properly fitting, Coast Guard approved lifejackets for all persons onboard, as required by law.

      Coast Guard Sector San Francisco will have public information booths at the Marine Education Village at Hyde Street Pier, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on July 24-27, and at the Green Village at Pier 30/32, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 25-27. The public is encouraged to visit these booths to find out more about Coast Guard missions, boating safety, and environmental protection. There will also be a recruiter present during the Festival for those interested in career opportunities in the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve.   

      The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is a three-masted barque, and carries square-rigged sails on the fore and main masts. The sailing vessel is 295 feet long, can attain speeds of up to 17 knots under full sail, and has the capacity to carry 239 passengers and crew. The Eagle has been in service within the Coast Guard since 1946, serving as a training platform for cadets and officer candidates to learn leadership, teamwork, seamanship, and navigation skills. She is the only square-rigged sailing vessel still actively serving in the Unites States military. The Eagle will be visiting San Francisco and five other West Coast ports, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Astoria, Tacoma, and Victoria, British Columbia.

      Anyone interested in more information on the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle may visit http://www.cga.edu/display.aspx?id=2558.

      For more information on the Festival of Sail, visit http://www.festivalofsail.org/.

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    • Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS
      Dear Members and Friends, I will have more on yesterday s ceremony at the O BRIEN as well as a look back to the loss of the S. S. BATON ROUGE VICTORY and seven
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 25, 2008
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        Dear Members and Friends,
         
        I will have more on yesterday's ceremony at the O'BRIEN as well as a look back to the loss of the S. S. BATON ROUGE VICTORY and seven of its crew members in a future message.
         
        After the Festival of Sail, I would like to refocus on San Francisco's own tall ship the merchant ship Balclutha and the San Francisco Maritime National Park.
         
        Phelps
         
         
         
         
        ----- Original Message -----
        Sent: Friday, July 25, 2008 7:50 AM
        Subject: Re: Tall ships ahoy!

        Dear Navy Leaguers,
         
        Thursday, July 24th, I was down on the San Francisco waterfront for the Festival of Sail and went aboard four of the visiting ships. The following might be of interest if you were anticipating venturing out yourself.
         
        First, unrelated to the festival was a rededication commemorative ceremony at 1000 on Pier 45 near the bow of the S. S. JEREMIAH O'BRIEN. Formerly located near the Ferry Building were two merchant marine plaques and a old kedge anchor. Nearly everyone involved with the event was a Navy Leaguer. One plaque is in honor of US merchant marine personnel who served in World War II; the other to seven enginemen on the S. S. BATON ROUGE VICTORY who lost their lives to an underwater mine going upriver to Saigon to deliver war materials.
         
        The Festival of Sail has three areas of activity.
         
         
         
        I first visited the "Marine Educational Village" Some tented exhibits and two visiting vessels, the Nina and the Polaris. The Nina is a replica of a 15th century caravel. i.e. Christopher Columbus's ship. Remarkable; of note is that the rudder is attached to a tiller like a small sailboat of today. The Polaris is a 34' gaff rigged sloop built in 1906 in Alameda and maintained and operated by volunteers at the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center, Sausalito. 
         
        Next I was off to the "Green Village" Here is where the public may go aboard the 295' USCG Braque EAGLE. I enjoyed chatting with each of the cadets posted along the route. Behind her was a reproduction of the HMS Bounty - the one built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty. Spotted a Navy League plaque mounted with others just below the hatch.
         
        I would have enjoyed visiting other vessels but I also had to catch the AMTRAK bus to Emeryville and the Capitol Corridor train back to Sacramento.
         
        Getting between the three villages and then to get to where the vessels are moored is a challenge. Be prepared to do a lot of walking. There is no shuttle and taxi cabs are not cruising the Embarcadero. The F streetcar goes from Fisherman's Wharf to the Ferry Building. A water taxi was said to be available - I didn't see it and it docked in inconvenient places - the cost to get aboard it for any part of the day was $16. In addition to the trolley, I essentially hitch-hiked - four trips!
         
        A lot of Thursday's festival activity centered around educating and entertaining children. It looked like the organizers were preparing for an onslaught of people of all ages for the next three days.
         
        In short, my advice is venture out but anticipate crowds, mild weather, sunshine, and a lot of walking.
         
        I sure would have preferred all the vessels moored near each other in one spot.
         
        Anchors Aweigh,
         
        Phelps
         
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        Festival of Sail showcases maritime history
        The Festival of Sail taking place in San Francisco from July 23 through July 27 stretches along the waterfront from Pier 40 at AT&T Park to the Hyde Street Pier. You can experience world-re...
        BART, Thu Jul 24 23:29:37 PDT 2008 • Found on Yahoo! News
         
        Festival Of Sail
        Produced by the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, the Festival of Sail brings some 15 majestic tall sail ships to the city's piers for a weekend of seafaring activities and ...
        Bayinsider, Thu Jul 24 17:42:59 PDT 2008 • Found on Yahoo! News
         
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