Coast Guard Cutter Tampa to visit Tampa and offer public tours

TAMPA, Fla. – The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa will be at the Port of Tampa, Cruise Ship Terminal 6, 1333 McKay Street, Tampa, where free tours of the ship will be offered to the public Friday and Saturday.

Public tours of the 270-foot medium-endurance cutter, homeported in Portsmouth, Va., are available on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tampa visitors are advised that any bags brought aboard are subject to search by security personnel. To help avoid delays with the tour, it is strongly recommended that backpacks and large handbags not be brought aboard Tampa. Unfortunately, due to the design of the ship, Tampa is not wheelchair accessible.

Tampa’s 99 crewmembers perform maritime law-enforcement, search-and-rescue, living marine resource, homeland security and national defense missions.

This is the fourth Coast Guard cutter to be named Tampa. The original Tampa was built in 1912 and was commissioned into the Revenue Cutter Service, now known as the Coast Guard. Originally named the cutter Miami, the ship’s name was changed in 1916 to Tampa and it participated in the Gasparilla festival for two years before being sent to Gibraltar for World War I.

On Sept. 26, 1918, Tampa was sunk while transiting to Milford Haven, England, by a single torpedo from the German U-boat UB-91. All 131 crewmembers and passengers perished.

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