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Coast Guard Cutter Tampa Celebrates 100 Years with Tours

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The 100th Anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter TAMPA will be celebrated in Tampa with public tours of the vessel Saturday.

The first USCGC TAMPA was launched in 1912 and then based in Gibraltar during World War I. While escorting a convoy in the Bristol Channel on September 26, 1918, the TAMPA was sunk. There were no survivors: 111 Coast Guardsmen, 4 Navy men, a captain and ten seamen of the Royal British Navy, and five civil employees, a total of 131 persons, lost their lives according to the USCGC TAMPA History.

The crew of the fourth Coast Guard Cutter Tampa is based in Portsmouth, Va. However, they’re bringing the cutter to Tampa for the 100th anniversary celebration.

WHO: Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa.

WHAT: Will host public tours.

WHEN: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tampa Port Authority, berth 269, cruise terminal three, 815 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Fla., 33602.