NEW YORK - The Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive in New York City this Friday, August 11.
The summer 2017 deployment spans five months and 14 ports, including multiple ports along the Eastern Seaboard, Canada, and Bermuda.
At 295-feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall-ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. It was constructed in 1936 in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy. The United States took the Eagle 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 an afloat classroom to future Coast Guard officers since 1946. A permanent crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and train up to 150 cadets at a time in the skills of navigation, damage control, engineering, and deck seamanship.
Media interested in welcoming the crew should please contact the New York City public affairs office at 212-514-4291.
WHO: U.S. Coast Guard
WHAT: Arrival of Coast Guard Cutter Eagle
WHEN: 12:00 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2017
WHERE: USS Intrepid Museum, pier 86, New York, NY 10036
For a continuous stream of information about the Eagle, including port cities, tour schedules, current events, as well as cadet and active duty crewmember photographs, follow the http://www.facebook.com/coastguardcuttereagle/">United States Coast Guard Barque EAGLE Facebook page.