USACE hosts blessing of the fleet ceremony

Published 6:48 pm Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg Districted hosted the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Tuesday at the Vicksburg Harbor.

Father Malcolm O’Leary and the Rev. Joe Mosley performed the ceremony on the fleet that consists of tow boats, quarter boats and dredge, including the motor vessels Benyaurd, William James, and Harrison.

The blessing of the fleet tradition dates back to medieval times and originally started in early European fishing communities. A blessing bestowed by a local priest was meant to ask for an abundant and safe season.

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