Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America’s Tall ship to visit Baltimore

Coast Guard District 5 NewsBALTIMORE – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to visit Baltimore Inner Harbor’s west wall Friday at noon, marking the conclusion of the Fall Training Cruise.

During the training cruise, 63 officer candidates and 22 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps officers-in-training aboard the Eagle trained in five functional areas of shipboard life: deck, operations, engineering, damage control and support.

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

  • Sept. 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 2 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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3 Comments

  1. Deborah Coons says:

    We live in Annapolis and just saw the Eagle heading north to Baltimore. WE have a photograph of the Eagle taken in the 1940s over our fireplace. We never thought we would see her at sea and would love to know if/when she will be heading south on the Bay after her Baltimore visit. We have a 30′ Bristol and would like to be out on the water with her.

  2. cgnews says:

    Visit during one of the open houses and you could probably ask them.

  3. Janet Fallon says:

    The Coast Guard website says Eagle is going into drydock in Baltimore.