America’s Tall Ship, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to visit New Bedford, Mass.

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive at the state pier in New Bedford, Mass., Friday at 10 a.m. as part of their 2011 cruise celebrating the 75th anniversary of Eagle’s construction.

The Eagle will be open for free public tours on the following dates and times:

July 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
July 30 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
July 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

At 295 feet 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 six 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 six 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.

 

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