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Celebrate American Independence at the Greenport Tall Ships Festival

June 24, 2015

Long Island is known for its rich maritime history. This year celebrate American independence July 4-7 when the Tall Ships Festival comes to Greenport, Long Island, bringing it with it the replica of the Hermione- the French frigate used by the Marquis de Lafayette to travel to America in support of the American Revolution.

A half-dozen tall ships will be available for tours beginning July 4; the Hermione will be anchored July 6 and 7.

These massive, classically rigged vessels are a rarity in this day and age when fuel has trumped wind power. The awesome ships to see include: the Picton Castle, the Sagras, the Lynx, the AJ Meerwald, the Kal Mar Nyckel, and the star of the festival L’Hermione.

Held on the waterfront at Mitchell Park, Greenport will be bustling with special events and activities. Restaurants and vendors, live performances and family entertainment fill out the festival when not touring the ships. There’s no better place than the Greenport Harbor for such an event, part of a beautiful North Fork village along the peaceful Peconic Bay and right in the middle of Long Island Wine Country. Plan your trip at www.discoverlongisland.com/suffolk

Specially priced advanced tickets are available so visit http://www.greenporttallships.comto figure out a schedule that works for you.

Long Island holds a long and colorful history tied to the sea. Explore whaling and maritime museums here; discover a rich heritage of nautical adventure; and climb to the top of a lighthouse where the view will take your breath away.

Surrounded by water on all sides Long Island has several museums that offer visitors a glimpse of what life was like for those who made their living from the sea. And while whaling is a long gone part of life here, several museums maintain poignant exhibits that reflect on the history and practice of this industry and how it affected life during earlier times. See whaling boats, exhibits and artifacts, scrimshaw, whaling artifacts, ship captain’s portraits, and nautical memorabilia.

Jutting out into the treacherous waters of the Atlantic Ocean, several lighthouses are open to the public to explore, and many more can be seen just off the coastline. Several hold fascinating displays detailing rescue operations, shipwrecks, lighthouse keeper’s tales and amazing lenses used to light the way of passing ships.

So if you love ships and maritime history be sure to visit.

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