The above flag was displayed on the U.S. Coast Guard training ship, Eagle, which we saw recently in Boston Harbor when it participated in Sail Boston 2017.
USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) is a 295-foot barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service, and one of only two commissioned sailing vessels, along with USS Constitution. Eagle is the 7th Coast Guard cutter to bear the name in a line dating back to 1792, including the Revenue Cutter Eagle, which famously fought the British man-of-war Dispatch during the War of 1812.
Ironically, Eagle was built as the German sail training ship Horst Wessel in 1936 and served to train German sailors in sail techniques until it was decommissioned at the start of World War II. In 1942, the ship was given anti-aircraft armament and re-commissioned. At the end of the war, Horst Wessel was taken by the U.S. as war reparations.
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