Old US Navy boats to be refurbished as water taxis in New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — The U.S. Navy is making a boat donation for a water taxi service to boost tourism in New London.

Two surplus Navy boats will be used to promote the Thames River Heritage Park, located in the lower section of the Thames River, anchored by Fort Griswold in Groton, Fort Trumbull and City Pier.

The boats, which need some work, will be used to shuttle people to each attraction.

“We need to de-preserve the engines because they’ve been preserved. We need to get them ready for passenger service,” said Mayor Marian Galbraith, City of Groton. “The Navy used them to transport people, but for a passenger service that we’re envisioning, we need to get the life jackets, we need to make sure the railings are safe.”

Crocker’s Boatyard is storing the boats for free. They are expected to be ready to hit the water by Memorial Day.

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