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Coast Guard tall ship Barque Eagle sets sail for Wilmington

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Wilmington, NC: Ahoy families and nautical buffs! All hands will be on deck to welcome the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle, "America's Tall Ship," when she sails into Wilmington, North Carolina, a U.S. Coast Guard City. On August 6, the magnificent tall ship Barque Eagle will arrive in Downtown Wilmington at approximately 11:30 a.m. to dock for three days. A ceremony led by Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, with special guest Congressman Mike McIntyre, will commence at 1:00 p.m. to welcome the crew and cadets aboard the Barque Eagle.

Free public tours will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Free tickets to tour the Eagle will be distributed in half-hour blocks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and are expected to go fast. It is recommended that visitors arrive several hours early for tickets, then enjoy Downtown Wilmington's attractions, tours, shops, restaurants, and special events while waiting to tour the ship. For more information on the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle, visit www.uscg.mil/datasheet/wixtrain.asp.

Wilmington, North Carolina is the home port for the USCG Cutter Diligence, which is scheduled to be docked at its permanent mooring along Wilmington's Riverwalk during the Eagle's visit. Free tours will also be available for the Diligence. For more information on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, visit http://www.uscg.mil/lantarea/cgcdiligence .

Tour times for Barque Eagle & Diligence:

Friday (Aug. 6): 3 pm - 7 pm; Saturday (Aug. 7): 9 am - 7 pm; Sunday (Aug. 8): 9 am - 12 pm

Note: Times may be updated. Tickets available on day of tours only. Tickets are free of charge and are limited.

Wilmington, NC: U.S. Coast Guard City In 2003, the city of Wilmington, North Carolina was bestowed the designation of "Coast Guard City." In 2008, the City received re-designation of this prestigious honor. The designation of "Coast Guard City" recognizes a community's effort in meeting the needs of local Coast Guard personnel through its many actions, activities and events, while maintaining a robust, on-going relationship between the community as a whole and the local Coast Guard units. Wilmington, the fifth city to become a U.S. Coast Guard City, remains the home port for the USCG Cutter Diligence (since 1792). The City is very proud of this designation as it is the highest honor the United States Coast Guard can bestow upon a city. Free tours of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence are offered daily when the ship is in port. For details about the U.S. Coast Guard City program: www.uscg.mil/community/Coast_Guard_Cities.asp.

For more info about Wilmington's Coast Guard City Celebration (August 6-8, 2010), please call 910-341-7855. For a free Official Visitors Guide for Wilmington & NC's Cape Fear Coast, please call 1-866-266-9690, or visit http://www.gocapefearcoast.com/ for a complete Calendar of Events. For travel packages and specials, visit www.capefearcoast.com/specials and for last-minute hotel discounts, visit http://www.sunnysavers.com/.

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