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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday USA

Today, the U.S. celebrates its 241st birthday -- Independence Day 2017

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 Eaglewhich 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.
Enjoy the celebrations and the holiday 🇺🇸


17 comments:

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Great little bit of history and what a lovely vessel! Thanks for telling us about it. My son served on and off the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln for six years and my dad was a navy guy as well.

Back Porch Writer said...

Yay! We are off today due to the holiday and having hot dogs, ribs, macaroni salad, dressed eggs, parfaits, and "sandbar sangria". Love July 4, but sad that it marks 1/2 of summer being over for the school systems. (I like the low traffic levels, lol). Have a wonderful day!

Sandra said...

thanks for sharing this and I love that tall ship photo, really beautiful and perfect for our birthday... Have a great 4th

Anvilcloud said...

Enjoy your day.

mamasmercantile said...

Hope you have a wonderful celebration.

Red said...

Have a great fourth of July.

Connie said...

Happy 4th of July to you!

Emma Springfield said...

We stayed at a motel near Fall River a few years ago. Across the water from us is a museum of American ships. I had a good time going through all of them especially the battleship since my father served on one when he was in the Navy. Good post.

William Kendall said...

Happy Fourth of July!

Mildred said...

Blessings to you both this Fourth of July!

Denise inVA said...

How wonderful! Brilliant photos, brilliant post for the 4th of July. And wishing you both a very Happy Independence Day :)

Doris said...

Hope your 4th was all you hoped it would be. You are probably watching fireworks as I write this :). Dale and I opted to stay home tonight but Ellen went with others of our family to see some. Sitting under the display on Sunday is all I need till next year!

baili said...

thank you for updating about marvelous history and sharing this wonderful beauty with us,really glorious !!!

Happy birthday to your dearest homeland my friend>
may it be safe and last forever and serve it's people always!

Lynn said...

That's neat!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Would you believe I'm here everyday and never managed to get over to see the ships?!?!? I've been enjoying the photos, though!

Vee said...

How interesting about the beginning of The Eagle's story. Seems as if it serves a lofty purpose these days.

L. D. said...

It is a beautiful ship. I had not known how many years it has been until you posted it. Thanks.

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