Coast Guard Cutter Eagle open for tours during Fleet Week in Baltimore Harbor

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.tour

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive in Baltimore on Wednesday, Oct. 3, and open to the public on the following day throughout the weekend.

Public tour timess:
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (DOD, DHS and first responders: 9 a.m. – 10 a.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. 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.

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