The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, is scheduled to arrive at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia Friday, March 18, 2011 at 8 a.m.
Philadelphia will be the first port visit for the Eagle this year, as the Coast Guard celebrates the 75th Anniversary of its construction in Hamburg, Germany, in 1936.
“I am very pleased that Philadelphia, home of the historic USS Olympia, will be Eagle’s first port visit in 2011,” said Coast Guard Capt. Eric C. Jones, commanding officer of the Eagle. “It is an honor for Eagle to visit the world’s oldest floating steel warship and the sole surviving naval ship of the Spanish-American War.”
The Eagle will be open for free, public tours Friday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only active sailing square-rigger in U.S. government service. The Eagle originally served as a training vessel for the German Navy in the late 1930s. Since 1946, the Eagle has sailed each summer in support of United States Coast Guard officer training programs, providing an unparalleled at-sea leadership and professional development experience for future officers of the U.S. Coast Guard
The 75-year-old Eagle is a 295-foot, three-masted barque, with more than 23,500 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging.
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