SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY)– Sunday, Southport held its 26th annual true blessing of the boats.

Though it was a windy afternoon, 13 watercrafts made the trip to Southport’s tidal basin.

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To start the event, Southport’s Historical Culture discharged their cannon (named Thor) two times.

After a petition from two St. Phillip’s Episcopal leaders, watercrafts cruised by, decreasing enough time to order a blossom from the Southport “True blessing” boat.

Priests stated a blessing over each watercraft that passed, hoping they would certainly stay safe this season as well as return home after each trip.

“We ask your true blessing to be upon these vessels as well as all who cruise them,” hoped Reverend Eric Mills over a walkie talkie. “Protect us from the risks of wind and also waves and the hazards of the deep. Aid us to be loosened up as well as be at peace when we sail upon the waters. Our watercrafts are small as well as the sea is huge. May we value the majesty of your creation.”

Though not every blossom made it into the boats, locals enjoyed to continue a socially distanced tradition for the 26th year in a row.