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3 tall ships cancel St. Patrick's Day visit

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Sequestration will be affecting Savannah's St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Three tall ships that were scheduled to arrive in the Hostess City for St. Patrick's Day will not be here due to federal budget cuts.

The US Navy has canceled the USCGC Eagle visit. The USCGC Eagle, which has visited Savannah several times and was part of the tall ships festival last year, will no longer be coming to Savannah next week. Nor will the Coast Guard Cutter Oak, which is based in Charleston.

The USS Stout and its crew of 300, 150 of whom were scheduled to march in the parade, won't be coming either.

The three tall ships were supposed to be docked on River Street. They are usually a popular attraction for the large crowds down there.

None of them will be there this year. Gephart said it is a direct result of the sequestration cuts.

The Gold Team from the USS Alaska based in Kings Bay, of about 60 submariners were scheduled to come up by bus to Savannah to march in the parade. That bus has been canceled due to the federal budget cuts, but those submariners are coming in their own vehicles to make sure they are part of this parade. 

The Navy League said it is continuing to participate and is supporting the USS Alaska crew from Kings Bay.

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