Diligence sets sail Thursday morning

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- After being home in the Port City for a couple months, the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is heading back out to sea.

Tomorrow, the Diligence is bound for a patrol in the Caribbean followed by a three-week training program in Florida. The program is designed to test the crewmembers in areas like navigation, seamanship, damage control and engineering.

The Diligence sets sail from the Wilmington riverfront tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

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I don't know much about ships, but does a diesel-powered ship "set sail" as the headline states?

No one in Diligence will take offense. It's just tradition to say it that way... Diligence isn't really a 'cutter' either in the traditional sense of a masted sailing vessel, but all Coast Guard vessels over 65' are called cutters anyway.

Technically, those in the know usually say, "underway."

Happy hunting, NMUD. Quartering seas and a safe return.

To begin a trip on a ship or boat.