Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle Returns Home After Months Underway
BALTIMORE — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 295-foot tall ship, returned to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Aug. 24 after its summer patrol, the 5th Coast Guard’s District said in a release.
Eagle got underway from Baltimore on May 4 for the annual cadet summer training cruise. Over 750 Coast Guard Academy cadets trained aboard the Eagle this summer.
Eagle visited 13 ports of call, foreign and domestic, during cadet summer training and has hosted tours for over 32,000 people while in port. Eagle participated in several community relations events, including the Velas Latino America tall ship event in Curacao celebrating the country’s 100th anniversary.
Originally a German training vessel, the cutter was a reparation for the United States after World War II. Eagle is a three-masted barque with a permanent crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel. In open-ocean waters under full sail, Eagle can reach speeds of 20 mph.
Eagle is currently homeported in Baltimore, where it has been undergoing a Service Life Extension Project for the past several years and is scheduled to return to its traditional homeport of New London, Connecticut next July.