Coast Guard tall ship Eagle to arrive in Norfolk, Va. Friday

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle file photo by Seamen Lisa Ferdinando.

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle file photo by Seamen Lisa Ferdinando.

NORFOLK, Va. – The Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive in Norfolk, and be open to the public for tours, this Friday, April 6.

The summer 2018 deployment spans eight months and 20 ports and including Barbados, Santa Domingo, San Juan, Roatán, Cartagena, and Curacao.

At 295-feet in length, 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 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.

With more than 22,300 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle has served as an afloat classroom to future Coast Guard officers since 1946. A permanent crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and train up to 150 cadets at a time in the skills of navigation, damage control, engineering, and deck seamanship.

Public tours of Eagle at Nauticus Pier, Waterside

Public Tours: 1:00 p.m., to 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 6

DOD, DHS and first responder tours: 9:00 a.m., to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 7

Public Tours: 1:00 p.m., to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8

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