Coast Guard tall ship Eagle to arrive in Charleston, offer free pier-side exhibits

Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle file photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ruben Reed

Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle file photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ruben Reed

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard Barque Eagle, “America’s tall ship,” is scheduled to arrive Friday at the Charleston Cruise Ship Terminal.

During this visit, there will be opportunities for the public to enjoy free pier-side exhibits and discussions with officer candidates and members of Eagle’s crew. Due to COVID safety protocols, public tours onboard the ship are not available at this time.

Barque Eagle will be open on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, March 12: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 13: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 14: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

At 90 meters (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. Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, Eagle was a war reparation for the United States following World War II.

Eagle is a three-masted barque with more than 6,797 square meters (22,300 square feet) of sail and 9.7 kilometers (6 miles) of rigging, 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 Coast Guard Academy and Officer Candidate School curriculum.

The Eagle’s navigator, Lt. Will Singletary, is a native of Charleston and a 2013 graduate of The Citadel.

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