Alexandria, VA- The Tall Ship Providence is on its way! The 110-foot, 12 gun sloop of war is an exact replica of the first war ships used by the Continental Navy during the American Revolution, and it will be docked at the Alexandria waterfront for a year (and if all goes well, it could be a permanent fixture).
“Our City’s maritime history placed our community on the map, and our connection with the River sustains us today,” said Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson. “With the arrival of the Tall Ship Providence to our shoreline, we will have a living, breathing bridge between our past and the future. We look forward to welcoming her to Old Town!”
The ship will arrive on the evening of Monday, July 1, and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge is scheduled to open just before midnight to let the ship pass through. The Alexandria Fire Department will greet the ship with a water arch, and there will be welcome boats to bring the ship to the Alexandria waterfront.
“We are delighted to bring Providence to Alexandria. Providence will entertain, educate, and serve as an economic development vehicle for the City,” said Clair Sassin, executive director of the Tall Ship Providence Foundation. “We are looking forward to welcoming City residents and tourists alike aboard the ship.”