Tall Ships Boston 2012
The Tall Ships return to Boston this summer in order to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the “Star-Spangled Banner.” This, part of what is being termed “OpSail 2012,” will be the first time such a fleet has graced Boston’s waters since 2009, when the popular “Sail Boston” event drew thousands daily to the waterfront, where the majestic vessels docked over a stretch that included Independence Day.opportunity to visit these historic ships.Some of the ships scheduled to appear this year are:USCGC Eagle (U.S) USS tions (U.S.) Cisne Branco (Brazil)Gloria (Columbia) Guayas (Ecuador) Dewarucci (Indonesia)The agle and itution will be docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard, as the latter always is. The Branco, Gloria, Guayas, and an be found at Boston’s Fish Pier. The Constitution’s inclusion makes perfect sense, as the ship played a large role in the War of 1812, capturing the crew of the British’s HMS Guerriere in August of the year.All public ship tours are free to the public. Other stops for OpSail 2012 include New Orleans (April 17-24), New York (May 23-30), Norfolk, Virginia (June 7-12), Baltimore (June 13-19), and New London, Conn. (July 6-8).In addition, OpSail has announced a special War of 1812 and Star-Spangled Banner essayand art contest aimed at high schoolers, who are being asked to share a 1,000-word essay on the role of the titution in the War of 1812, their feelings on the Banner, the role of the revenue cutter in action during the war.