Coast Guard tall ship Eagle coming to Portland, Maine

Coast Guard Eagle file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham

Coast Guard Eagle file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham

BOSTON — Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, ‘America’s Tall Ship,’ is scheduled to visit Portland, Maine Aug. 4-7.

The 295-foot Barque Eagle is set to dock downtown at Portland Ocean Terminal and will be giving free tours. They are scheduled to arrive Friday, Aug. 4 around 10 a.m. and will be open for viewing on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We are thrilled with the chance to host the crew and cadets of ‘America’s Tall ship,'” said Capt. Michael Baroody, commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Portland has a strong maritime heritage, and I hope the entire community takes advantage of the opportunity to visit the ship and meet the cadets and crew.”

The Eagle is the Coast Guard Academy’s training ship based in New London, Connecticut. The ship travels the world with cadets in the summer months as a goodwill ambassador for the United States. Commanded by Capt. Matthew Meilstrup, the officers and permanent crew provide a strong foundation in seafaring by returning to the basics of wind power and navigation by the sun and stars.

Cadets sail on the Eagle for one to eight weeks, along with their instructors. Eagle recently toured Canada to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary. Their next port of call is New York City.

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