The tall ship “Eagle” sailed into Fort Adams State Park, 72 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI on Tuesday, and was open to the public for tours on Tuesday and Wednesday. The US Coast Guard’s 81-year-old sail training ship completed a four-phase service expansion in March. It is scheduled to visit 20 ports in the next few months.
The visit coincides with the Volvo Ocean Race Opening Ceremony and Sail Newport. Visit https://www. volvooceanracenewport.com/events-schedule for schedule.
At 295-feet in length, Eagle is the largest tall ship in United States government service. Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessell by the German Navy, Eagle was a war reparation for the United States following World War II.
The majestic sailing ship provides USCG Academy cadets and officer candidates with their first taste of sea and salt air. 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 USCG Academy curriculum. The Eagle is a three-masted barque with more than 22,300 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging.
Eagle’s homeport is Baltimore, MD. In Summer 2019 its homeport will shift to New London, CT. Eagle is scheduled to be in New Bedford on August 10 and 11. For more information about the ship, please visit http://www.cga.edu/eagle/
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