Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival kicks off in New London – NBC Connecticut

The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival returns to New London this weekend. Beginning Friday, the festival will continue until Sunday afternoon.

The festival offers 16 different types of boats that people can visit and experience, free of charge.

Held in New London for over 20 years, the festival aims to celebrate the many aspects of maritime heritage.

“There’s actually more going on than people realize because of all the different industries and things associated with it,” said Robert Amrein, who sits on the festival’s board. “We’ve got a fishing boat coming in, we’ve got a lobster boat coming in to show people this kind of work that’s going on. We’ve got Coast Guard boats to show what the Coast Guard is doing. There will be boats of the Navy.

The Amistad will be moored near the City Dock Restaurant. The water taxi is available to take people to Fort Trumbull for US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle tours.

The US Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis is among several ships docked at City Pier. The festival will also feature live music, entertainment, educational demonstrations and food trucks throughout the weekend.

“New London has been very historic for many, many years. There’s a lot of boating and shipbuilding that’s happened here,” said festival board member Lee Palombo. “It’s just a very diverse type of maritime.”

To see the full festival program, click here.

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