U.S. navy destroyer USS Gridley offers final tour Friday during Vancouver visit

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      The Burrard Dry Dock Pier in North Vancouver hosted a formidable guest for the past week.

      The USS Gridley (of “You may fire when ready, Gridley” Spanish-American War fame), formerly of Naval Base San Diego, happened to be in the area during a relocation to its new home port of Everett, Washington, and decided to steam into Vancouver Harbour after an invitation from the U.S. consul general.

      After holding a belated Fourth of July dock-party celebration Tuesday (July 5), the destroyer-class ship has announced that there will be a final day of public tours this Friday.

      With the goal of trying to fit in 2,000 sightseers and ship enthusiasts throughout the day, spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors will be required to go through a security checkpoint before coming aboard.

      The July 8 event goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burrard Dry Dock Pier; further details can be found here.