Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to visit Norfolk, Va.

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle work to take in the sails as the ship heads to Corpus Christi, Texas, July 2, 2010. Crewmen work in the rigging nearly 100 feet above the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle work to take in the sails. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

NORFOLK, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to arrive Friday in Norfolk and will be open for public tours.

The service’s famous tall ship is scheduled to be moored at Otter Berth by about 11:30 a.m.

The Eagle will be open for public tours on the following schedule:

  • Friday, June 5 from 2:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 7 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 classroom at sea for future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience. Currently, there are 150 cadets from the Coast Guard Academy training on the ship. The summer deployment for the Barque spans 17 weeks, stopping at 14 ports in three countries, with five different training groups of cadets and officer candidates.

A permanent crew of eight officers and 57 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and guide the cadets 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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