Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to visit Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico

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.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” will visit Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from 9 to 12 June and San Juan, Puerto Rico from 15 to 20 June, where it will be open to free public tours.

In the Dominican Republic, the Eagle will arrive at 10 a.m. to Sansoucí, Port of Santo Domingo and dock at the Don Diego Terminal for free public tours during the following schedule:

  • Saturday, June 9, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In Puerto Rico, the Eagle will arrive at 10 a.m. to the Port of San Juan and dock at Pier 1 for free public tours during the following schedule:

  • Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 17, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“The Eagle has a long history of sailing the Caribbean,” said Captain Eric King, Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan. “Cadets are really looking forward to sharing this 82-year-old maritime treasure with the people of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico as part of Eagle’s 2018 summer cruise. During their visit, cadets will host free public tours of Eagle, they will also participate in special community projects and experience the wonderful local culture.”

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 classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience.

A seasoned permanent crew of 8 assigned officers and 50 assigned enlisted personnel maintain the ship and provide a strong base of knowledge and seamanship for the training of up to 153 cadets or officer candidates at a time. Augmented by temporary crew during training deployments, Eagle routinely sails with over 230 hands on board.

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