The Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” arrived in Portsmouth Harbour this morning (26th April). Eagle is moored up for five days at South Railway Jetty and will be open for free public tours between 1200 and 1700 on Saturday, 27th April and Sunday 28th April. South Railway Jetty is located at Portsmouth Harbor.
At 295 ft in length, Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in United States government service. Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, Eagle was a war reparation for the United States following World War II.
Eagle is a three-masted barque with more than 22,300 square feet of sail and 6 miles of rigging. She has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience as part of the Coast Guard Academy and Officer Candidate School curriculum.