It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet EAGLE.
Posted by Tall Ships America on May 26, 2015
IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS EAGLE!
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
The 295’ barque EAGLE is America’s Tall Ship. One of five sister ships built for sail training in Germany in the 1930s, EAGLE was included in reparations paid to the United States following World War II and the Coast Guard took her over as a training ship. Eagle is maintained and operated by a core of professional crew and a contingent of temporary crew and cadets from the Coast Guard Academy. Aboard the Eagle, cadets have a chance to put into practice the navigation, engineering, and other skills they are taught at the Academy. As underclassmen, they stand watches and handle more than 20,000 square feet of sail and more than 20 miles of rigging. Over 200 lines must be coordinated during a major ship maneuver and the cadets must learn the name and function of each. As upperclassmen, they perform officer-level functions and learn important leadership skills. For many, their tour of duty aboard the Eagle is their first experience of life at sea and it is here that they learn to serve as the leaders they will one day become in the Coast Guard.
Vessel Type: Barque
Homeport: New London, CT
Sparred length: 295’
Rig height: 147’
Sail area: 22,000 square feet
Power: 1,000 HP diesel Caterpillar D399
Hull: Riveted Steel
Join us every Tuesday for more profiles of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series.