The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to arrive in Bermuda on Saturday, July 4 as part of its 2015 cadet summer training deployment. The ship will be moored along Front Street, Hamilton.
The Eagle will be open for free public tours on the following dates and times:
- Saturday, July 4 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, July 5 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Monday, July 6 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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.
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. A permanent crew of six officers and 55 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and train up to 150 cadets at a time in the skills of navigation, damage control, watch-standing, engineering and deck seamanship. The summer 2015 deployment spans three months, stopping at 14 port calls, including Bermuda and the Bahamas.
While in port, cadets from the Eagle will engage in several community projects with Habitat for Humanity Bermuda and Keep Bermuda Beautiful.
To follow the Eagle’s summer cruise, visit the ship’s website at:http://www.cga.edu/eagle.