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US Coast Guard Cutter Sails Into Wilmington, NC


The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Returns to Wilmington, NC

The Eagle is “America’s Tall Ship” and is the training ship for future Coast Guard Officers. It is a beautiful, historic Barque and is based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.

The Eagle will come to the foot of Market Street on August 6 for three days, a short stroll from our Wilmington, NC bed and breakfast.

Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only square-rigger in U.S. government service. A three-masted barque, Eagle’s foremast and mainmast carry square sails and her mizzenmast carries fore-and-aft sails. The ship was built in 1936 in Germany, and commissioned as Horst Wessel, one of three sail training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy. At the close of World War II, Horst Wessel was taken as a war reparation by the United States, recommissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Connecticut, their home port ever since.

Eagle provides an unparalleled at-sea leadership and professional development experience for future officers of the U.S. Coast Guard, the smallest but arguably the busiest of the U.S. Armed Forces. A seasoned permanent crew of six officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and provide a strong base of knowledge and seamanship for the training of up to 150 cadets or officer candidates at a time. Augmented by temporary crew during our training deployments, Eagle routinely sails with over 230 hands on board.

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Wilmington, NC is one of ten designated “Coast Guard Cities” across the Nation and is home to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence.  The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence (VI) is the only active Coast Guard Cutter named after one of the first ten Revenue Cutters that is home ported in an original home port.  Wilmington has been home port to the Diligence since October, 1792.