The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to arrive in Newport, Rhode Island today (Friday, August 3).
The Eagle will moor at State Pier 9 in Newport as part of its 2012 summer training cruise and will be open for tours through Sunday.
- Friday, Aug. 3: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 4: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Aug. 5: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
At 295’ in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square rigger in U.S. government service.
Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, the Eagle was taken by the United States as a war reparation following World War II.
With more than 23,500 square feet of sail and 6 miles of rigging, the Eagle has served as a floating classroom to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience.
A permanent crew of seven officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and guide the trainees through an underway and in-port training schedule, dedicated to learning the skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship.
To follow the Eagle’s summer cruise on Facebook CLICK HERE.
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