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The U.S.S. Oak Hill (LSD 51, originally LSD 7) will be anchored in Rockland Harbor for the Maine Lobster Festival this year.
The ship is named for the residence of the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe. The ship herself was commissioned on January 5, 1944, designed to serve as a cargo and transport type amphibious ship and as a floating dry dock. U.S.S. Oak Hill participated in operations and performed duties throughout World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Throughout her service, she earned five battle stars during World War II and an additional six battle stars in Vietnam.
As in previous years, tours of the vessel will be available during festival week. Tours are currently scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, August 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. These dates and times are subject to change. Crew members of the U.S.S. Oak Hill will also escort the Sea Princesses on the Main Stage for the Maine Sea Goddess Coronation.
Learn more about the U.S.S. Oak Hill (LSD 51) by visiting the United States Navy’s website.
About the Maine Lobster Festival
Five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine! The Maine Lobster Festival attracts thousands of people to Maine’s Midcoast region, and has a long tradition of giving back to the local community. In recent years, the Festival committee has given more than $500,000 to the local community through support for Midcoast Regional Child Development Services, Trekkers, Meals on Wheels, and much more! For more information about the Maine Lobster Festival, visit our website at www.mainelobsterfestival.com and be sure to “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @MELobsterFest.