The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle. Photo by Tom Richardson.

The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle. Photo by Tom Richardson.

The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle arrived in Boston on Thursday, July 25, 2013, as part of the Coast Guard Academy’s 2013 cadet summer training deployment.

The Eagle will be moored next to the USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard and is open for free public tours on the following dates and times:

  • Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

At 295’, 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. Currently there are 24 upper class cadets from the Coast Guard Academy and 83 cadets who just completed their freshman year. The summer deployment spans 13 weeks, stopping at nine port calls in five countries, with 4 different groups of cadets training onboard.

A permanent crew of seven officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and guide the cadets through an underway and in-port training schedule, dedicated to learning the skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship.

To follow the Eagle’s summer cruise, visit the ship’s Facebook page.


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