Updated: April 11, 2013
Blessing of the Fleet
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Pier 3 - the Royal Canadian Navy Pier
service pamphlet will be available in the Boater Services Building
parking is available on Pier 3,
Please bring your lawn chair.
1030 The Macgillivary Pipe Band performs a tattoo
1100 A short service at 1100 consists of greetings from the Mayor's representative, scripture reading, prayers, a memorial to those who died at sea, and a blessing over the water used to bless the vessels.
1115 Parade of Vessels: Vessels are blessed as they pass the Lookout by sprinkling the vessel with
In the Blessing of the Fleet we ask God to give seafarers help to deal with dangers: good training; a clear mind, physical strength and courage; people who can be counted on; a well maintained vessel; and favorable weather.
The Blessing provides an opportunity to bring the different marine communities together (Naval, Coast Guard, government, commercial and recreational) and highlights the Port as an important economic activity for the city and the waterfront as a major focal point for the city. It helps make people aware of the work of the Mission to Seafarers. The Mission is for all seafarers, and we focus our efforts on assisting foreign seafarers from ocean-going vessels.