Photos: US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Arrives

June 29, 2013

[Updated with photos] The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle arrived in Bermuda today [June 29] as part of its 2013 cadet summer training deployment. Docked in Hamilton, the 295-foot tall ship is the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service.

It was constructed in 1936 in Germany and originally used by the German Navy. The United States took the Eagle as a war reparation following World War II.

US Coast Guard Eagle Tall Ship  Bermuda, June 29 2013-12

With more than 23,500 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience.

A permanent crew of six officers and 55 enlisted personnel maintain the 77-year-old ship year round. They provide a base of knowledge and seamanship for the training of up to 150 cadets or officer candidates at a time.

US Coast Guard Eagle Tall Ship  Bermuda, June 29 2013-27US Coast Guard Eagle Tall Ship  Bermuda, June 29 2013-2

While in port, cadets from the Eagle will engage in several community projects with Habitat for Humanity Bermuda and Keep Bermuda Beautiful.

According to their schedule, prior to her stop in Bermuda the Eagle visited St. Martin, Aruba, Guantanamo Bay and Florida. Following her call in Bermuda, the Eagle will visit the island of St. Pierre located off the coast of Newfoundland.

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  1. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    Nice shots as usual…thanks Bernews.

  2. James Goodfellow says:

    Beautiful vessel and welcome to Bermuda but the ridiculous flag is a little over the top to be honest.

    • BDA says:

      Especially when it’s flying higher then our flag.. You would think the coast guard would know that the country flag of the port your in flys the highest. Courtesy Flag.

    • Nuffin but da Truth says:

      opinions are like a*******,we all have them,but many will thank you to keep your stupid opinion to yourself…TOO BE HONEST!

      • Bob says:

        Too bad it is actually a maritime law to fly the host country’s flag the highest..TO BE HONEST

        • Sandy Bottom says:

          No. Maritime law says you fly the flag of the country where the vessel is registered. Flying another flag is illegal.

          When flying two flags on one pole, one should not be higher than the other. They didn’t do that.

          • Bob says:

            The Bermuda flag should be flying on the mast as a courtesy flag. No one is saying they shouldn’t have their American flag as well.

            • Sandy Bottom says:

              Earlier you were telling us it’s ‘maritime law’ to have the host country’s flag flying highest. You’re Just making up one thing after another.

  3. ivorbigon says:

    Totally agree with the comments about the flag. It was the first thing I thought when I saw it too. It’s not only a matter of law, but one of respect too. They should know better

    • Sandy Bottom says:

      They are observing maritime law by flying the US flag.

      • Bob says:

        They should have BDA’s flag above it..

        • Sandy Bottom says:

          There is no protocol or law that says that. In fact, it is bad manners to have one flag flying above another.

  4. DreamCatcher says:

    Agree the American Flag size is ostentatious to say the least. And I can’t see the Bermuda flag which by maritime law should fly above it.

    BUT – with the Millennium Ferry and Rhode Island hugely branded across its stern – I can’t really be moved. And my/our tax payer dollars are paying for that insult and short term loss (wish I could say gain).

  5. backbush says:

    i have to agree with all of you about the american flag but what is really a insult that they dont even have a Bermudian fag on boat is a insult

    • Sandgrownan says:

      Er..they do. And i assume you meant flag….

  6. Terry says:

    Your all going by what Bernews photo’s have captured.
    Show me where the Bermuda Ensin is not flown.
    Great day to all and a get a freeking life.

  7. Familiar says:

    Since I’ve not seen the Eagle sporting a flag of that size in the past, I presume that it’s done in honour of the upcoming US Fourth of July.

    I, too, wondered about the lack of a Bermuda flag flying above the US flag, or at all on her, and while I can’t comment about whether it is law or not, I do know that it is considered disrespectful not to fly the port country’s flag higher than the ship’s own.

    I do love seeing her come in though. She’s always a beautiful sight.

  8. Familiar says:

    @ Terry… I actually looked for out of curiosity when I saw her in on Saturday afternoon and saw the size of the US flag she was flying. Both from close up on Front Street and a distance from Harbour Road, as I was taking my own series of photographs. If there was a Bermuda flag flying on her, it wasn’t an obvious one.

  9. Zombie Apocalypse says:

    I had a look for myself, and there is absolutely definitely a Bermuda ensign flying at the top of a mast. So the easily offended among you can relax.