THIS INFORMATION FROM A NEWS RELEASE SENT TO THE WWAY NEWSCHANNEL 3 NEWSROOM
Wilmington, NC: Due to time constraints and safety concerns, the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle will not dock in Downtown Wilmington as originally planned. The good news is that free tours are still available. “America’s Tall Ship” will now dock at the North Carolina State Port in Wilmington. To accommodate public access on the State Port, buses will transport people to the ship. Tickets are required to board buses. Tickets will be available at designated locations and times (see Ticketing section). Buses will depart on Saturday (9am-4pm) and Sunday (9am-11am) from Legion Stadium (2149 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington) to transport people with tickets to the N.C. State Port for tours of the Barque Eagle. Only buses will be permitted to enter the State Port.
Revised public tour dates/hours for USCG Barque Eagle:
Saturday, August 7: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday, August 8: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tickets are free of charge and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. These tickets are expected to go quickly. A limited number of tickets will be available at designated locations (see How to Obtain Tickets section). Please note that tickets will not be available at Legion Stadium or at the State Port. Tickets must be presented to board one of the buses. No exceptions.
How to Obtain Tickets.
In Advance: A limited number of tickets will be available on Wednesday, August 4;Thursday, August 5; and Friday, August 6 between the hours of 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the City of Wilmington’s Recreation Office, located at 302 Willard Street in Wilmington. If you have questions, please call 910-341-7855.
Weekend: A limited number of tickets for Saturday and Sunday tours will be available only on Saturday, August 7 at the USCG Cutter Diligence parking lot, located at 109 N. Water Street in Downtown Wilmington between the hours of 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. (while supply lasts). No tickets will be distributed on Sunday.
Tickets will indicate a scheduled tour time. Please plan to arrive at Legion with your tickets 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Passengers are limited to two small carry-on pieces (purse, camera case, etc.). Please note there may be delays due to security and other logistical issues.
For more information on the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle, visit www.uscg.mil/datasheet/wixtrain.asp.