Blessing of the Fleet
History comes to life with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony on Sunday, June 9 2019, at 1pm, as commercial fishing boats, tugs, powerboats, sailboats, excursion crafts, kayaks and rowboats parade through Bayfield’s City Harbor. As they pass by the tip of the pier, clergy from the Apostle Islands community grant each vessel a blessing for safe passage and a prosperous season on Lake Superior.
All boats in the Chequamegon Bay area are invited to participate in the ecumenical service and Blessing Ceremony. The service begins at 1pm in Memorial Park. From there, the clergy proceed to the City Dock to begin the Blessing of the fleet. All are welcome at this event.
The United States Coast Guard Auxillary will direct the boats through the harbor via marine radio (VHF Channel 9) and/or megaphone. Boaters with questions concerning participation in this historic parade should contact the Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau at (715) 779-3335.