Coast Guard tall ship Eagle returns home after months underway

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle file photo by Seamen Lisa Ferdinando.

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle file photo by Seamen Lisa Ferdinando.

BALTIMORE – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 295-foot tall ship, returned to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Friday morning after its summer patrol.

The Eagle got underway from Baltimore on May 4, 2018, for the annual cadet summer training cruise. Over 750 Coast Guard Academy cadets have trained aboard the Eagle this summer.

The Eagle visited 13 ports of call, foreign and domestic, during cadet summer training and has hosted tours for over 32,000 people while in port. The Eagle has participated in several community relations events, including the Velas Latino America tall ship event in Curacao celebrating the country’s 100th anniversary.

Originally a German training vessel, the cutter was a reparation for the United States after World War II. The Eagle is a three-masted barque with a permanent crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel. In open-ocean waters under full sail, the Eagle can reach speeds of 20 mph.

The Eagle is currently homeported in Baltimore, where it has been undergoing a Service Life Extension Project for the past several years and is scheduled to return to its traditional homeport of New London, Connecticut July 2019.

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