Coast Guard Cutter Eagles arrives in Corpus Christi – video

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, known as “America’s Tall Ship,” arrived in Corpus Christi, Texas, Friday, and will stay until Monday for “Sail South Texas 2010.”

While in port, the Eagle will be moored at Ingleside Pier and will offer free tours:

Saturday, July 3 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Sail South Texas 2010,” is a celebration of Latin American Independence honoring the 234th anniversary of United States Independence.

Crewmembers aboard the Eagle, along with Coast Guard Academy Cadets from classes of 2011 and 2013, will be partaking in the different cultural, recreational and sports activities with other crews from the visiting ships during the celebration of the Bicentennial.

Eagle, homeported in New London, Conn., is the only square-rigged ship in active-government service and was originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel in 1936 for duty as a German sail training ship. Since 1946, Eagle has sailed each summer in support of U.S. Coast Guard officer training programs, which exposes future Coast Guard leaders to their first taste of life at sea. The 74-year old Eagle is a 295-foot, three-masted square-rigger with more than 23,500 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging.

You can follow Eagle’s summer cruise on Facebook.

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