Bush and Yeltsin to cruise Chesapeake Bay World leaders to ride on a boat out of Naval Academy

June 17, 1992|By Annapolis Bureau

ANNAPOLIS -- President Bush and Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin are scheduled to fly to the U.S. Naval Academy today, board a 63-foot converted PT boat and take a short cruise on Chesapeake Bay.

Mr. Bush and Mr. Yeltsin, who are expected to travel to Annapolis by helicopter, will be joined on the hour-long trip by Secretary of State James A. Baker III.

A section of the academy will be cordoned off for security purposes. Tourists and other visitors still will be allowed on academy grounds, although there is little likelihood they'll be able to see either of the world leaders. Traffic patterns at the academy and in the city of Annapolis are not expected to be disrupted.

But some area waterways could be off-limits for a short time during the boat tour, a Coast Guard officer told the Associated Press. Although Mr. Bush and Mr. Yeltsin were to depart from the Naval Academy sea wall on the Severn River about 2:30 p.m., the White House would not say exactly where on the bay the official party plans to cruise.

The leaders will travel on a boat assigned to the chief of naval operations. The 63-foot vessel, normally docked at the Washington Navy Yard, was seized in a drug-running case in 1980 and later confiscated. It has a 40-passenger capacity and is capable of a maximum speed of 14 knots, according to the White House.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer said today that the president called at the last minute and invited him to accompany the two on their cruise. Mr. Schaefer said he would accept the offer.

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