Cutter Bluebell to take part in Opening Day Parade Saturday

In this photo released by the Coast Guard, The Coast Guard Cutters Bluebell, homeported in Portland, Ore., and Henry Blake, homeported in Everett, Wash., are moored up at the 2009 Portland Rose Festival, June 5, 2009.  Four Coast Guard Cutters including the buoy tenders Fir, Henry Blake and Bluebell and the 87-foot Tern made the trip to the festival.  (Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Shawn Eggert)

Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Shawn Eggert

ASTORIA, Ore. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell will take part in the Columbia River Yachting Association (CRYA) Opening Day Parade in Portland, Ore., Saturday.

The Cutter will lead the parade of vessels and offer tours throughout the day while moored at the Willamette Yacht Club at 515 NE Tomahawk Island Drive in Portland.

The Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell is one of only two 100-foot inland buoy tenders currently in service in the Coast Guard and services aids to navigation in an area of responsibility covering 500 miles. The cutter is also the second oldest vessel in service to the Coast Guard and the oldest Coast Guard vessel serving on the Pacific coast.

More information regarding the parade can be found at the CRYA website.

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