U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Arrives In Port Canaveral, Open For Free Tours Through June 3
By Space Coast Daily // June 1, 2017
Eagle commenced its existence in Nazi Germany
PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA — The Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” arrived in Port Canaveral and will be in port through June 1.
The ship will be moored for five days at Cruise Terminal 3, located at 220 Christopher Columbus Drive, and open for free, public tours.
The Tour Schedule Is:
• Wednesday, May 31 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
• Thursday, June 1 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
• Friday, June 2 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Saturday, June 3 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
• Sunday, June 4 CLOSED
The summer 2017 deployment spans five months and 14 ports, including Port Canaveral and four international ports.
The Eagle crew last visited Port Canaveral in 2004. After departing Florida, the crew will set a course for Norfolk, Virginia.
With more than 23,500 square feet of sail and 6 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.
A permanent crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintains the ship and trains up to 150 cadets at a time in the skills of navigation, damage control, watch-standing, engineering and deck seamanship.
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 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard 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.
For a continuous stream of information about the Eagle, including port cities, tour schedules, current events, as well as cadet and active duty crew member photographs, follow the United States Coast Guard Barque EAGLE Facebook page.
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