Even the wording has been changed – slightly.
- “The Eagle has landed” was what U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong said when the Apollo 11 lunar landing module touched down on the moon’s surface, July 20, 1969.
- The Eagle Has Landed is the title of a 1975 Jack Higgins WW II suspense novel.
- It was a 1976 movie with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall.
The Eagle was docked in New Bedford, MA over the weekend and open to the public. As Grenville and I are in New England visiting family, we went on a(nother) road trip.
The Eagle’s name dates from the early history of continuous seagoing service in the U.S. The first Eagle was commissioned in 1792, two years after the formation of the Revenue Marine, forerunner of the current USCG.
Dubbed America's tall ship, the U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle is a three-masted sailing barque with 21,350 square feet of sail. It is the only active (operational) commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. maritime services.It is one of five training barques in the world. Sister ships include: Mircea (Romania), Sagres II (Portugal), Gorch Rock (Germany), and Tovarich (Russia).
The current Eagle is the seventh in a long line of cutters to carry the name. Built in 1936 by the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, it was a training vessel for German Naval cadets. Commissioned Horst Wessel, it was taken as a war prize by the U.S. after WW II. In May 1946, the barque was commissioned into U.S. Coast Guard service, renamed Eagle ,and sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany to New London, Connecticut, its home port.
Eagle docks at a pier at the Coast Guard Academy on the Thames River in CT and is America's only active duty square rigger. It serves as a seagoing classroom for 175 USCG Academy cadets and instructors.
Cadets handle more than 20,000 square feet of sail and 5 miles of rigging and learn the name and function of each line.. Over 200 lines must be coordinated during a major ship maneuver.
Eagle has a steel hull, four-tenths of an inch thick; two full length steel decks with a platform deck below and a raised forecastle and quarterdeck. The weather decks are 3-inch-thick teak over steel.
Length: 295 feet
Maximum Speed: 11-16 knots (under full sail)
Maximum Range: 5450 miles
Training Complement: 12 officers, 38 crew, 150 cadets (average)
Major Missions: Training vessel for USCG Academy
Commissioned: 15 May 1946
Boys like ships … of ALL sizes