Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to arrive in Portsmouth, Virginia

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle file photo by Seamen Lisa Ferdinando.

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle file photo by Seamen Lisa Ferdinando.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth, Sept. 17, 2021.

Eagle will be moored at High Street Landing September 17 – September 20 and will be open for free public tours at the following dates and times:

Friday 17 Sept: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Public Tours

Saturday 18 Sept: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Military/First Responder Tours (with valid ID)
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Public Tours

Sunday 19 Sept: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Military/First Responder Tours (with valid ID)
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Public Tours

At 295 feet in length, Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in United States government service. Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience as part of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy curriculum. This summer, Coast Guard Academy Cadets completed a transatlantic voyage and experienced port calls in Azores, Iceland, and Bermuda.

Eagle is a three-masted barque with more than 22,300 square feet of sail and 6 miles of rigging. The cutter was constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. Originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German navy, Eagle was a war reparation for the United States following World War II.

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