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Tall ship Eagle to visit for Maine’s delayed bicentennial

July 10, 2021 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Coast Guard tall ship Eagle is going to be paying a visit for Maine’s delayed bicentennial celebration.

The 295-foot, three-masted barque will be docked at the Ocean Gateway in Portland from Aug. 6 through Aug. 9.

The Maine Bicentennial Commission, the non-profit sponsoring organization, aims to honor the state’s shipbuilding and seafaring history.

The commission’s chairman, Sen. Bill Diamond, said the Eagle represents “a magnificent reminder of the majesty of sail.”

“Maine is renowned for the quality of the ships built here, the value of the wood that was used to construct these vessels, and for the variety of activities -- from fishing to transportation, recreation to rescue, research to defense,” he said.