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The Parade of Sail

The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle led the Parade of Sail into New London as part of Saturday morning's OpSail festivities. The Eagle, ahead of more than 20 other vessels, entered the Thames River under sail for the first time since 2000.

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The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle heads for Fort Trumbull as the Brazilian Cisne Branco enters the Thames River during the parade of sail Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle and the USS Carter Hall loom out of the haze as they enter the Thames River starting the Parade of Sail several hours late Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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Ships anchored in Niantic Bay as part of OpSail include the Symphoni, at lower left, the Tyrone, at right, and the USS Carter Hall in the background.

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Linda and Michael Olsen of Waterford view the ships anchored in Niantic Bay as part of OpSail from the bluff at McCook Point Park.

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The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle prepares to lead the parade of ships during OpSail as it sits anchored in Niantic Bay Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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John Holt of West Hartford walks back after fishing off Black Point with the Brazilian Navy ship Cisne Branco in the background as the sun rises. Holt is renting a share of a summer home in Black Point and came to see the ships anchored in Niantic Bay as part of OpSail.

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The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle and the USS Carter Hall lead the Parade of Sail on the Thames River Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle passes the USS Carter Hall after the Eagle turned around during the Parade of Sail on the Thames River Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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The Wolf passes in view of the New London waterfront during the Parade of Sail on the Thames River Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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Kayakers Spyros Barres, left, of Mystic, and Karla Bandor of Waterford view the Brazilian Navy sailing ship Cisne Branco Saturday during Saturday's Parade of Sail as part of OpSail. The South American vessel was beginning to head up the Thames River, just north of Ledge Light.

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