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Blessing of the Fleet

May 9, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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The Blessing of the Fleet ceremony for many years has welcomed Seafarers and their vessels from across generations. This time-honored tradition brings locals and visitors alike together to bless the ships, planes, water taxis, and other service-related boats and aircraft and pray for protection from storms and other catastrophes. Local clergy from St. Paul’s Church and Mother Of Sorrows Church will preside over the Blessing Of The Fleet event and offer prayers.

There is something mystifying about the time-honored Blessing Of The Fleet tradition passed down from generation to generation within the seaport communities. Put-in-Bay Ohio locals and visitors alike join together to offer a blessing to the various maritime vessels among the island’s fleet. This tradition is in place to safeguard the vessels against the coming year’s storms and protect the fleet, the passengers, and the crew from harm.

Put-in-Bay’s local clergy from St Paul’s Church and Mother of Sorrows Church will bless the many vessels serving South Bass Island. This is a great family-oriented event and a great place to see all of the variety of vessels that service Put-in-Bay.

Annual Blessing of Fleet Participants

  • Commercial watercraft and aircraft
  • Rescue Vessels and Coast Guard
  • Medical Helicopters
  • Travel Vessels – Water Taxis And Ferry Boats

There is no better location to see the assortment of vessels & aircraft that service the Lake Erie Islands all in one spot. This neighborhood gathering Blessing Of The Fleet is enjoyable for all ages, so bring your little ones. There will be fresh coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies on the dock, along with sociable companionship and best wishes.

Once the ritual has been completed, explore all that Put-in-Bay has to offer! You will not be disappointed with the various establishments to dine in and attractions to encounter. Stop by the Biergarten at the Boathouse and catch a cold beer, Bratwurst, or Bavarian pretzel. Yum! If beer isn’t your thing, walk over to the Lesters Taco Shop.

Here you will find a wide variety of Latin Style dining choices for any desire. You can dine at a picnic table in beautiful DeRviera Park or at one of the many picnic locations on the island. If you prefer an indoor dining experience, trek up to the Upper Deck Restaurant. You can enjoy a pleasant sit-down dinner with various steaks, seafood, and other options.

If you don’t want to delay your Put-in-Bay vacation schedule any further, head to the lodging and accommodations page to book your accommodations for this special day of Blessing the Fleet.


May 9, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Put-in-Bay Ohio
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Put-in-Bay, OH 43456 United States
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