The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Eagle” is scheduled to arrive in Bermuda on Thursday, July 18, as part of its 2019 summer training deployment. The ship will be moored along Front Street in Hamilton, July 18- 20, and will be open for free public tours on the following dates and times:
Thursday, July 18 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 19 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 20 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
While in port, cadets from the “Eagle” will participate in community outreach activities with WindReach and the Sandy’s Boat Club Youth Sailing Program.
As the only active-duty sailing vessel in the U.S. military, the “Eagle” is used as a training vessel for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. Every cadet who attends the Coast Guard Academy spends a minimum of six weeks on board the ship learning technical, leadership and team building skills while managing challenges faced at sea.
A permanent crew of six officers and 55 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and train up to 150 cadets at a time in navigation, damage control, watch-standing, engineering, and deck seamanship. The summer 2019 deployment spans five months, stopping at 12 international ports including the UK, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal and Bermuda.
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 has been its permanent home ever since.
To follow the “Eagle’s” summer cruise schedule, visit: http://www.cga.edu/eagle.