New daily tradition signals 5 o'clock in downtown Mobile

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 01:42:39 AM. Mayor Sandy Stimpson will be the first to give a ship horn salute on Wednesday afternoon.

Mobilians are used to the haunting sound of ship horns day and night along the Mobile River. But starting Wednesday, every day at 5 p.m. sharp, a new sound will ring out through downtown Mobile, as a different "captain of the day" blows a ship horn salute at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel on Royal Street.

The ship horn is mounted inside the porte-cochere entrance to the hotel. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson will be the first designated captain to blow the horn at 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. He will receive a commemorative cap to mark the occasion.

The daily ship horn celebrates Mobile's maritime history and kicks off happy hour at the downtown hotel. Captains of the day will be Renaissance guests and local residents selected by hotel staff.

Each of the RTJ Golf Trail Resort Collection properties in Alabama has a similar daily ritual that relates to local history and culture. At the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, guests enjoy a military salute and cannon firing at 4 p.m. every afternoon. At the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Hoover, a bagpiper plays at sunset each day. A Mardi Gras-themed ritual is being developed for the Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile and will be revealed at a later date, according to a news release.

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