Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy will arrive in the port of Charleston Friday after sailing more than 700 miles from Annapolis, Maryland.

Four 44-foot sail training vessels are slated to arrive sometime between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm.  The program is part of an offshore professional development program designed to provide experience in navigation, seamanship, and small unit leadership responsibilities.

The ships will be docked at the Charleston Maritime Center and at Patriots Point and will be available for touring Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sailing craft in which these midshipmen train are the latest of four generations of one-design offshore cruiser-racers to be authorized for the training of Midshipmen. Midshipmen began sailing in a fleet of identical 44' wooden yawls at the end of World War II.