Last week we reported the USCG training ship Barque Eagle was heading to Philadelphia. It arrived last Friday and docked at Penn’s landing. I was able to board the ship on Sunday. Although the public was not allowed below decks, it is still a very impressive vessel.
The philosophy of sail Training is reflected in the U. S. Coast Guard Academy cadet mission:
To graduate young men and women with sound bodies, stout harts, and alert minds, with a liking for the sea and its lore, and with that high sense of hone, loyalty, and obedience wich goes with trained initiative and leadership’ well grounded in seamanship, the sciences, and the amenities’ and strong in the resolve to be worthy of traditions of commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard in the service of their country and humanity.
Eagle is maintained and operated year round by a permanent crew of 56 personnel. Six officers, consisting of four
commissioned and two warrant officers, oversee all aspects of the vessel. Three departments: Operations, Engineering, and Supply, consisting of nine enlisted ratings and non-rated personnel totaling 50 crew, conduct the day-to-day training, maintenance, and seamanship required of “America’s Tallship.” On average 15 personnel from various units supplement the crew to provide well-rounded, experienced trainers during the cruises.