The USS Constellation, the historic sloop-of-war, will make its annual turnaround cruise through Baltimore Harbor on Thursday, Sept. 26. In case of inclement weather, the cruise takes place on Thursday, Oct. 3.
The Coast Guard is announcing the date in the Federal Register of Monday, Sept. 16. You can view it at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-16/html/2013-22431.htm.
The boat will get towed from its berth in Baltimore's Inner Harbor to a point near Fort McHenry and back.
The Coast Guard will restrict boat traffic in the area during the cruise, between 8 am and 1 pm that day. The cruise itself takes about three hours. Many boaters come out to see it, resulting in heavy boat traffic. So the Coast Guard will set up specific routes for boaters to ensure their safety.
The cruise usually takes place the Thursday before Memorial Day but the schedule was changed this year.
When the boat reaches the fort, the ceremony will include “an onboard salute with navy pattern cannon,” according to the Coast Guard.
The Constellation is scheduled to depart at 9 am.
Read about the history of this historic Navy vessel at www.historicships.org/rental-constellation.html.