Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to arrive in Port Canaveral, open for free tours

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive Wednesday, May 31 in Port Canaveral.

The ship will be moored for five days at Cruise Terminal 3, 220 Christopher Columbus Drive, Cape Canaveral, Fl 32920, and open for free, public tours.

The tours schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, May 31 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 1 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, June 2 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 3 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 4 CLOSED

The summer 2017 deployment spans five months and 14 ports, including Port Canaveral and four international ports.

The Eagle crew last visited Port Canaveral in 2004. After departing Florida, the crew will set a course for Norfolk, Virginia.

With more than 23,500 square feet of sail and 6 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. A permanent crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintains the ship and trains up to 150 cadets at a time in the skills of navigation, damage control, watch-standing, engineering and deck seamanship.

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. It was constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy. The United States took the Eagle as a war reparation following World War II.

For a continuous stream of information about the 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.

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