America’s Tall Ship Eagle scheduled to visit Miami

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Miami — The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, is scheduled to visit Miami June 14 – June 16 as part of the crew’s 2014 cadet summer training deployment, during which time the nation’s only active duty square-rigger will be open for public tours.

Public tours of the Eagle will be offered aboard the cutter, which will be moored at Museum Park pier in Miami, located at 1075 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132 at the following times and dates:

  • Saturday, June 14 : 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday , June 15: 1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 16: 1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tours are free to the public; however visitors will be responsible for local parking costs.

With more than 23,500 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience.

There are currently 150 cadets from the Coast Guard Academy embarked. While in Miami, a cadet phase change will take place, when a new group of 150 cadets will arrive Sunday, June 15, and the current contingent of cadets will depart to continue their summer training program at other Coast Guard units. The summer deployment for the Eagle spans 13 weeks, stopping at nine port calls in five countries, with four different groups of cadets training aboard.

A permanent crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and guide the cadets through an underway and in-port training schedule, dedicated to learning the skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship. They provide a strong base of knowledge and seamanship for the training of up to 150 cadets or officer candidates at a time.

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