Shipping up to Boston

The Globe guides you through activities as the Navy vessels pull into Boston Harbor for Operation Sail, from June 30 to July 5.

 The Coast Guard cutter Eagle, one of the tall ships that will arrive in Boston on Saturday for Operation Sail 2012, is not only a symbol of a nautical past but also a training vessel for future maritime leaders.

Coast Guard vessel Eagle provides history lessons at sea

The Coast Guard cutter, one of the tall ships arriving in Boston on Saturday for Operation Sail 2012, is a symbol of a nautical past and a training vessel.

For some crew, Eagle’s landing will be a homecoming

When the Coast Guard cutter docks in the Bay State, it will have a trio of Mass. natives on board. For them, the visit is a chance to reunite with family and friends.

Legal Harborside.

37 can’t miss Boston waterfront attractions

Where Boston meets the harbor, there's more to see, do, and eat than ever.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/06/15/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/op4.jpg OpSail is an excuse to explore the new Boston waterfront

As the waterfront evolves, it’s adding restaurants, green space, and other attractions at a breakneck pace. Consider this your reintroduction.

High School Essay Contest

Boston’s winning essay: The story of the Revenue Cutter Service

Operation Sail held essay contests were held in all participating cities. Boston’s winner, Newton South High School junior Josh Sander, wrote of how a handful of pioneering ships policed and protected American shipping.

Tall ships in Boston Harbor
Military ships from various countries will arrive in Boston on Friday, June 29, to celebrate the Fourth of July, commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, and salute the USS Constitution, which fought in that war. Five majestic tall ships will join them Saturday, June 30. All ships will be open to the public at various times during the weekend and through July 5.
Cisne Branco
Berthed at Fish Pier
Guayas
Berthed at Fish Pier
USCGC Eagle
Berthed at Pier 1, Charlestown Navy Yard
Gloria
Berthed at Fish Pier
Dewaruci
Berthed at Fish Pier

*Berths are subject to change.

SOURCES: OpSail, US Coast Guard

Monica Ulmanu and James Abundis/Globe Staff