Coast Guard Barque Eagle arrives for NOLA Navy Week, War of 1812 bicentennial

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard Barque Eagle arrived, Tuesday, for the NOLA Navy Week commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 at the Bienville Wharf in downtown.

The Eagle, a 295-foot barque homeported in New London, Conn., is a sailing vessel used by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to train cadets in navigation, engineering and leadership.

Barque Eagle and its crew will participate in the NOLA Navy Week events at the Bienville Street Pier, including accomodating public tours, beginning Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m.

Tours of the Eagle and an air show on Lake Pontchartrain will serve as the centerpiece of the commemoration events.

Participants will include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Events will also include activities such as receptions, military band concerts, tours and military demonstrations. Seven tall ships have confirmed their participation from Brazil, France, Colombia, Ecuador, Indoneisa, Mexico and Spain.

“The officers and crew of Barque Eagle are absolutely thrilled to be here in New Orleans on the occasion of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812,” said Capt. Eric Jones, commanding officer of the Eagle. “It’s absolutely fitting that Eagle comes here to celebrate in this city that was so crucial in America’s victory in the War of 1812. The chance for us to bring trainees here and to see this historic waterway is a unique opportunity and we couldn’t be more honored to be celebrating with all the people of New Orleans.”

Originally operated by Nazi Germany to train cadets for the German Navy, the ship was taken by the United States as a war prize after World War II. In 1946, a U.S. Coast Guard crew, aided by the German crew still aboard, sailed the tall ship from Bremerhaven to its new homeport in New London, Conn.

The Eagle will leave Friday and head to Jacksonville, Fla., for further participation in the bicentennial events.

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