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USCGC BARQUE EAGLE VISITS RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER ON 16MAR10
Flotilla 33 members (L to R) Andy Ernst, Jim Thomas, & Ed Hind aboard AUX 27137 patrolling in the vicinity of the USCGC Eagle.
If you were crossing the Norris Bridge one morning in march, you couldn't help but notice a "Tall Ship" down river and wondered what it was. It was America's Tall Ship, the USCGC Eagle.
The Eagle is a three-masted sailing Barque with
21,350 square feet of sail. It is home ported at the CG Academy,
The Eagle bears a name that goes back to the
early history of the
Today's Eagle, the seventh in a long line of
proud cutters to bear the name, was built in 1936 by the Blohm &
Eagle serves as a seagoing classroom for approximately 175 cadets and instructors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. It is on the decks and rigging of the Eagle that the young men and women of the Academy get their first taste of salt air and life at sea. From this experience they develop a respect for the elements that will be with them throughout their lifetime. They are tested and challenged, often to the limits of their endurance. Working aloft they meet fear and learn to overcome it. The training cadets receive under sail has proven to be an invaluable asset during their subsequent Coast Guard careers.
On Eagle, cadets have a chance to practically apply the navigation, engineering and other training they receive in classes at the Academy. As upper-class cadets, they perform the leadership functions normally handled by junior officers. As under-class cadets, they fill positions normally taken by the enlisted crew of the ship, including helm watch at the huge brass and wood wheels used to steer the vessel.
Sailing in Eagle, cadets handle more than 20,000 square feet of sail and 5 miles of rigging. Over 200 lines must be coordinated during a major ship maneuver, so cadets must learn the name and function of each line.
The ship readily takes to the task for which it was designed. Eagle's hull is built of steel, four-tenths of an inch thick. It has two full length steel decks with a platform deck below and a raised forecastle and quarterdeck. The weatherdecks are three-inch-thick teak over steel.
When at home, Eagle rests alongside a pier at the
Coast Guard Academy on the
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