Four New Navy Ships & Wildlife On View During June 17 Blakeley State Park Boat Tour

Blakeley State Park

SPANISH FORT, Ala. - Four new U.S. Navy ships moored in the Mobile River, alligators and other wildlife of  the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta will thrill  passengers aboard Historic Blakeley State Park's tour boat Saturday, June 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Blakeley's Delta Explorer coolly winds its way from its dock on the Tensaw River across the Delta with its amazing display of wildlife, down the Mobile River past the Alabama state docks and  other maritime activity like that of the Australian shipbuilder Austal.

On view along the riverbank will be littoral combat ships USS Tulsa, USS Omaha, and USS Manchester,  and the fast transport USNS City of Bismark, all currently under construction by Austal for the U.S. Navy. The ship's lightweight construction of aluminum allows speeds up to 55 mph while not requiring costly painting. With more than 4,000 employees, Austal is Alabama's largest high-tech employer.

Seating  for the three-hour narrated tour is on a first come-first serve basis but can be reserved by paying in advance by credit card. Cost is $35 for adults, $17 for children 6-12. Call 251-626-5581 for reservations.

The Delta Explorer is a 50-passenger, covered, U.S. Coast Guard documented tour boat  offering public walk-on and private charter tours by Blakeley State Park. All proceeds go to operate the park. 

Blakeley Park is located on State Hwy. 225 five miles north of its intersection with U.S. 31 at Spanish Fort. For more information go to

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