Coast Guard tall ship Eagle arrives in Charleston for weekend exhibits

Coast Guard tall ship Eagle arrives in Charleston for weekend exhibits
In this file image, a Coast Guard Station Charleston, S.C., 41-foot utility boat ferries visitors to the Coast Guard Eagle in Charleston Harbor on June 25, 2009. The visitors were able to ride aboard Eagle as it entered downtown Charleston for Harbor Fest 2009. The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is a 295-foot training vessel taken as a war prize from Germany after WWII. (Source: Coast Guard photo/ PA1 Bobby Nash)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Coast Guard tall ship Eagle will offer free pier-side exhibits Friday through Sunday.

The 295-foot long ship, which arrives at Charleston’s Cruise Ship Terminal Friday, will is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service.

COVID safety protocols prohibit onboard public tours, but the pier-side exhibits will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Coast Guard officials say it was built 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.

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle crewmembers hose down the anchor chain as it is secured June 25, 2009, in the Charleston Harbor. The Eagle crew participated in the Charleston Harbor Fest 2009.
Coast Guard Cutter Eagle crewmembers hose down the anchor chain as it is secured June 25, 2009, in the Charleston Harbor. The Eagle crew participated in the Charleston Harbor Fest 2009. (Source: Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen)

It is a three-masted barque with more than 22,300 square feet of sail and 6 miles of rigging, and has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946.

The public will also get to hear from officer candidates and members of the ship’s crew.

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