2015 CT Maritime Heritage Festival this Weekend

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The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival, the final event of the 2015 Coast Guard Summer, promises to be bigger and better than ever. The Festival will be held in New London from Sept. 11 to Sept.  13.

Among the scheduled events are:

* Coast Guard at the Garden, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; admission is free

* Free screenings of “The Perfect Storm” and a 1956 film short capturing the U.S. Coast Guard-assisted emergency water landing of Pan American World Airways Flight  6.

* Great New London Chowder Challenge, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; $10 for 12 tickets. Eighteen downtown restaurants as well as a Navy crew and a Coast Guard crew will compete to create the best chowder.

* Lighted boat parade on the Thames River, Saturday, 8:00 p.m. All who are interested are invited to participate.

* Arrival of the 75’ clipper-bowed schooner Mary E on Thursday, September 3, 2015. The schooner, built in Bath, Maine, in 1906, is sailing to New London from the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.

Visitors also should keep their eyes peeled for the arrivals of various ships over the course of the week, including U.S. Coast Guard cutter Ida Lewis, U.S. Naval Ship Fall River, the Oliver Hazard Perry and the historic FDNY fireboat John J. Harvey, which was called out of retirement to assist following the events of September 11, 2001.

On Saturday, 2 free shuttles, funded by General Dynamics Electric Boat, will run continuously between City Pier and Fort Trumbull from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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