US Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle To Visit Bermuda

July 6, 2016

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle is scheduled to arrive in Bermuda on Wednesday, July 13 as part of its 2016 cadet summer training deployment.  The ship will be moored along Front Street, Hamilton.

The Eagle will be open for free public tours on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, July 13 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 14 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 15 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The summer 2016 deployment spans five months and 11 ports, including Bermuda and three European ports.

The Eagle crew last visited Hamilton in 2015. After departing Bermuda, Eagle crew will set a course for Norfolk, Virginia, following the same route charted by Eagle crewmembers when first the Barque came to the United States 70 years ago.

Coast Guard Cutter ‘Eagle’ In Bermuda last year


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

At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. 

It was constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy.  The United States took the Eagle as a war reparation following World War II.

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 ship and train up to 150 cadets at a time in the skills of navigation, damage control, watch-standing, engineering, and deck seamanship.

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  1. Commodore JB of BBIRYC says:

    My great-grandfather built this ship and it’s sister ship, The HMS Bowden, early last century. Many people have not heard of the sister ship as it was his private yacht back then. When I was 8 years old I made my first circumnavigation around the world aboard the HMS Bowden. I learned to speak Mandarin, Russian and Spanish fluently on that voyage and honed my maritime skills which have made me the world’s premier yachtsman that I am today.