Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay arrives in Chicago to commemorate bicentennial of War of 1812

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsCHICAGO — The Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay arrived at Navy Pier in Chicago Tuesday to help kick off events commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

The Coast Guard cutter was joined by the USS Hurricane and USS De Wert. Ships from the Royal Canadian Navy will arrive tomorrow.

The modern Coast Guard was established in 1915, when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the United States Life-Saving Service. The Revenue Cutter Service, originally named the Revenue-Marine, was established in 1790 and played a significant role in the War of 1812.

Chicago represents the second stop in the Great Lakes for the Coast Guard, Navy, Marines and the Royal Canadian Navy in commemorating the War of 1812.

The Biscayne Bay will be open to the public beginning 8:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8:45 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. The ship will close for one hour from 11 a.m. until noon each day.

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