Coast guard eagle getting ready for summer


The U.S. Coast Training Rowboat prepares to begin summer training for more than 130 Coast Guard Academy cadets.

At 295 feet in length, the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, known as “America’s Tall Ship,” is the largest American-flagged tall ship and the only active square rigger in U.S. government service.

Scheduled to depart New London, Connecticut on Saturday, May 8, Eagle will resume calls at foreign ports for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very happy to be back on the road for a full summer training season,” said Capt Michael Turdo, Commanding Officer of Eagle. “The ability to sail overseas allows us to represent the Coast Guard and the United States to the public and to the international community.

The specific stopover dates this summer are as follows:

May 25-28: Azores, Portugal

June 11-16: Reykjavik, Iceland

July 7-10: Hamilton, Bermuda

July 23-26: New London, Conn.

July 30 – August 2: Newport, RI

August 6 to 9: Portland, Maine

August 13-14: New London, Conn.

Built in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as Horst Wessel by the German Navy, the Eagle was taken by the United States for war reparations after the Second World War.

With over 23,500 square feet of sail and six miles of rig, the Eagle has served as an at-sea classroom for future Coast Guard officers since 1946, providing a leadership and professional development experience at sea.

A permanent crew of nine officers and 49 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and guide trainees through an on-going and in-port training program, dedicated to learning navigation, damage control, watch, d engineering and seamanship.

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