Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to visit Portland, Maine

Coast Guard Academy NewsBOSTON – The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to arrive in Portland, Maine., at 10 a.m. Friday.

The Eagle will moored at the State Pier in Portland as part of their 2012 cruise and will be open for tours through Sunday.

Times open for tours are:

  • July 27: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • July 28: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • July 29: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

“The Eagle has a long history and great partnership with the city of Portland, Maine, and we thank them for always welcoming us to their beautiful port,” said Capt. Raymond ‘Wes’ Pulver, commanding officer of the Eagle. “I look forward to having the community aboard to visit the Eagle and meet with the crew, cadets and officers that make this cutter a great training platform and America’s Tall Ship.”

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 seven 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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