Seattle and the Bell Harbor Marina welcome the guided-missle destroyer USS Sampson, in town for Seafair. Also in town is another destroyer, the USS Chafee, the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (amphibious assault ship sounds pretty cool), three Royal Canadian Navy ships, and one U.S. Coast Guard vessel. The ships are participating in a parade of ships today, August 3rd, between 1:45 and 2:45 in Elliot Bay (the Blue Angels will also be buzzing downtown today).
The ships are open to free public tours August 3rd-7th at the downtown Seattle Waterfront - piers 25, 46, and 66.
Any club members who are boating/paddling around these vessels at port or at sea should remember to maintain a minimum speed to stay on course within 500 yards of them, and do not approach within 100 yards of them. If you must get closer make sure to contact the CG on VHF-FM Ch 13 or 16. They're the ones buzzing around the vessels in the super fast boats with big guns on the front (see final pic below).
Updated pictures below of all of the vessels...~Paul ETC
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