PORTLAND -- Vessels from the United States Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Maritime Forces will arrive in Portland from around the world for the Rose Festival, starting on Wednesday, June 8. Nine ships were expected to pull in Thursday.
The first, a camouflaged PT 658, arrived around 10:45 a.m., right behind a water-spraying fire boat. It’s the only 100 percent authentically restored U.S. Navy PT boat currently in operation.
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Drivers were warned to expect delays if they planned to use the Broadway, Steel, Burnside and Morrison bridges.
Ship tours will be available daily, usually between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission will be free, on a first-come basis, as time allows.
Fleet Week is an annual tradition at the Rose Festival and sailors look forward to visiting as tourists, too.
Visitors on the ship tours may be subject to personal searches and no bags, strollers or wheelchairs will be allowed onboard. There will not be any holding areas for personal items and visitors must be able to maneuver on board the ships, including climbing narrow ladders.
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The ships were scheduled to depart Monday, June 13.