Coast Guard Barque Eagle to visit Portland, Maine

PORTLAND, Maine- The Coast Guard Barque Eagle, the training ship for the Coast Guard Academy, will visit Portland, Maine for four days beginning July 31.

The Eagle will be open for public tours at the following times:

Friday, July 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 2, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Eagle, a 295-foot square-rigger will sail past Portland Head Light at about 10 a.m. on Friday, July 31 and will moor at the cruise ship terminal state pier on Commercial Street.

The Eagle serves as a floating classroom for Coast Guard Academy cadets and officer candidates. While onboard, they learn the basics of navigation, seamanship, and are challenged to work as a team, as many of them experience life on the open ocean for the first time. The Eagle has a permanent crew of six officers and 56 enlisted sailors, however, when training the Eagle sails with as many as 230 people on board.

The Eagle also acts as a goodwill ambassador for the United States to foreign nations. On this summer’s cruise, which began in May, the Eagle has visited Rota, Spain; Monaco; Bermuda; Charleston, South Carolina; Boston; Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Rockland, Maine.

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