The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Eagle” is scheduled to arrive in Bermuda on Friday, July 8 as part of its 2022 summer training deployment. The ship will be moored along Front Street in Hamilton, July 8-12 and will be open for free public tours Saturday, July 9 – Monday, July 11 between 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
“Eagle” proudly serves as an ambassador of the United States and uses every opportunity to share the Coast Guard’s story of 231 years of exemplary service with the public. While in port, cadets from the “Eagle” will participate in community outreach activities with the Sandys Boat Club Youth Sailing Program and Bermuda Zoological Society on Trunk Island.
As the only active duty sailing vessel of the United States government, “Eagle” is used as a training vessel for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. While sailing the high seas and visiting ports around the world, Coast Guard cadets and officer candidates practice leadership and technical skills needed for success in the maritime environment.
The summer 2022 deployment spans five months, stopping at nine U.S. ports – Miami, Florida, Pensacola, Florida, Galveston, Texas, Key West, Florida, New York City, New York and Newport, Rhode Island – with Bermuda as its only international port visit.
At 295 feet in length, the “Eagle” is the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes. 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.
After World War II, the ship was taken as a war reparation by the U.S. and re-commissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Eagle,” sailing to New London, Connecticut which continues to be its permanent home.