Portland Fleet Week (June 5 – 9, 2013) is a popular local event that draws crowds of nautical fans and history buffs to the Oregon waterfront. Portland Fleet Week is one of the Portland Rose Festival events. During Fleet Week you can take free tours of United States Navy, Coast Guard and Canadian Maritime Forces ships that arrive from around the world.
Portland Fleet Week History: The USS Charleston was the first ship to visit the Portland Rose Festival in 1907 and the navy’s annual Rose Festival Fleet Week visitation has been an annual tradition for more than 80 years. Canadian Maritime Forces began visiting the Rose Festival in 1924 and continue to bring ships each year. The Battleship USS Oregon visited the Rose Festival in its final tour before decommissioning in 1925. The mast of the USS Oregon now resides in Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
WHAT: Portland Fleet Week, admission is free. The hips are outside CityFair gates along the seawall.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 5 – Sunday, June 9, 2013. Public tours are usually held from 9am – 3:30pm, however, ships set their own schedules.
WHERE: Along Tom McCall Waterfront Park’s esplanade seawall from the Steel Bridge to Waterfront Village. Ships are outside the Waterfront Village gates.
SAVVY TIP: Travel light. Visitors touring the ships may be subject to personal search and no bags, strollers or wheelchairs will be allowed onboard. There will not be any holding area to stash your stuff.
FYI: All information subject to change without notice.