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.
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.