USCGC EAGLE (WIX-327)
Type: 3-Masted Barque
Length: 295 feet
USCGC Eagle is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. Maritime services. She is one of five such training barques in the world. Her sister ships are Mircea of Romania, Sagres II of Portugal, Gorch Fock II of Germany, and Tovarich of Russia.
Today's Eagle is the seventh in a long line of proud cutters to bear the name. She was built as a training vessel for the German Navy as SNF Horst Wessel. She was awarded to the United States as reparations following WWII. On May 15, 1946, she was commissioned into the U.S. Coast Guard service as Eagle and sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany to New London, CT.
Eagle serves as a seagoing classroom for approximately 175 cadets and instructors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. It is on the decks and rigging of Eagle that the young men and women of the Academy get their first taste of salt air and life at sea. Working aloft they meet fear and learn to overcome it. The cadets handle more than 20,000 square feet of sail and five miles of rigging. Over 200 lines must be coordinated during a major ship maneuver, so cadets must learn the name and function of each line.
When Eagle is in her home port of New London, she is open from 8 to 5 for self-guided tours of the main deck. Visitors enter through the main gate of the Coast Guard Academy. When at other ports of call, visiting hours are publicized by the media in the city being visited.
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