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Old Town's newest attraction: A tall ship (with beer cruises)

Posted on Jun 28,2019
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The Tall Ship Providence, on the way from Wiscasset, Maine, to Old Town Alexandria. (Courtesy The Tall Ship Providence Foundation)
Source Wtop

By Jeff Clabaugh

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The Tall Ship Providence arrives on the Old Town Alexandria waterfront July 1 and becomes a permanent attraction for Alexandria.

The ship is a full-scale replica of the Continental Navy’s first warship, which served under General George Washington. It has appeared in movies including “Master and Commander” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge is scheduled to open just before midnight July 1 to allow the ship to come through and be greeted by a water arch by the Alexandria Fire Department, and by welcome boats which will guide it to its new home.

The Providence reproduction was built for the American Bicentennial in 1976. It was heavily damaged in a 2015 storm.

A group of Alexandria business leaders founded The Tall Ship Providence Foundation in 2017 to raise money to purchase and restore the ship and make it a permanent fixture of Old Town’s waterfront.

Source Wtop



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