BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive in Baltimore Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eagle will moor up for two days at the Inner Harbor, on the pier across from the USS Constellation, and will be open for free public tours Sept. 18.
Eagle will greet guests for a day before heading to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore. Eagle has been underway since March 8, serving as a floating classroom for Coast Guard Academy cadets and officer candidates. During this final two-week tour, officer candidates received training in various aspects of ship life including navigation, engineering and seamanship. They also learned to work as a team while raising and lowering Eagle’s sails.
“We are thrilled to return to the Inner Harbor,” said Capt. Matt Meilstrup, commanding officer, Coast Guard tall ship Eagle. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to visit one of America’s great maritime cities. We will be open for tours and encourage everybody to walk the decks, learn about Eagle’s history, and meet the fine Coast Guard men and women that sail her!”
Eagle will be open for free public tours on:
• Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
At 295 feet in length, Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in United States 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, Eagle was a war reparation for the United States following World War II. Eagle is a three-masted barque with more than 22,300 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging. Eagle has served as a training platform at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience as part of the Coast Guard Academy curriculum.
For a continuous stream of information about Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, including port cities, tour schedules, current events, as well as cadet and active duty crewmember photographs, follow the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle Facebook page.