Recently I had the good fortune to see the United States Coast Guard Ship EAGLE at the Tall Ships Rendezvous 2017 in Halifax, NS.
During the course of the five days there were 45 Tall Ships in Halifax harbour. The rendezvous was part of the Canada 150 celebrations. I took many photos of the ships and this blog is the series on EAGLE.
She is a magnificent ship at 295 feet in Length and drawing 17 feet below the waterline. Her three masts carry 22,300 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging to control the sails. Her ship’s company can go as high as 238 Coast Guard trainees and permanent crew.
EAGLE was built in 1936 by the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and commissioned as Horst Wessel and was operated by the Nazi Party to train cadets for the German Navy. At the end of WWII the United States took her as a prize and she was turned over to the United states Coast Guard to train cadets, EAGLE has been employed since 1946.
Visit the USCG website for more details on USCGS EAGLE.
Scroll down to view more photos from my series on this magnificent ship.
USCGS EAGLE has just fired her saluting gun as the tall ship passes the reviewing stand beside HMCS SACKVILLE on the Halifax waterfront during the Parade of Sail for Tall Ships Rendezvous 2017 on 1 August 2017. Roger Litwiller Collection, courtesy Roger Litwiller. (RTL14031)