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Ahoy! Seaport Museum Celebrates Coast Day This Saturday

By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This Saturday (the 7th) is Coast Day in Philadelphia and the Independence Seaport Museum has some noteworthy nautical events.

Coast Day activities include a tug boat festival and kayak rides as well as a trio of events at the Seaport Museum. One is the world’s largest collection of model ships made from Legos.  Spokeswoman Darrah Foster says there are 120 of them in what’s called the TEACH Fleet.

“The ships are between six feet to one and a half feet long and the average length is three feet but it was built to cover the entire range of modern self-propelled vessels from tugboats to aircraft carriers to supertankers.”

The Philadelphia Model Ship Society will be holding a regatta and a judged model show, and two authors will discuss their book on the devastating 1934 fire aboard the cruise ship Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast, which killed 137 people and spurred huge improvement in ship design, materials and crew training.

Click here for a list of the Independence Seaport Museum’s events.

Click here for a list of events throughout Philadelphia.

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