2005-08-18 / News

Many visit U.S. Coast Guard cutter

Activities abounded at East Ferry on Saturday, a day that included a visit by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Tiger Shark.

The open house held aboard the Coast Guard’s newest vessel drew some 250 visitors who had a rare opportunity to go on board to learn more about what the Coast Guard does in Narragansett Bay.

The Tiger Shark is the 50th Marine Protector-class cutter constructed for the Coast Guard. Now stationed in Newport, it was commissioned at Fort Adams on July 16. The Tiger Shark is an impressive 87-foot cutter with the state-of-the-art electronic gear. It is a multi-missioned vessel and particularly well suited for search and rescue, law enforcement, homeland security, and marine environmental protection missions.

A number of local businesses put out the welcome mat for the crew of the Tiger Shark. They included Spinnakers ice cream shop and Trattoria Simpatico, but especially the East Ferry Deli which graciously provided the crew with lunch.

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