Blessing of the Fleet

Fair Winds, Safe Passage, Menemsha Fleet Is Blessed

An annual tradition in Menemsha, the blessing of the fleet has its roots in the Catholic tradition, first begun in coastal communities in southern Europe.

Sunny Skies for Blessing of the Fleet in Menemsha

Reverend Arlene Bodge of Chilmark Community Church opened the start of the summer boating season with the annual blessing of the fleet ceremony on the Menemsha waterfront.