Sailing on the US Coast Guard Eagle tall ship

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January 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CAA member Jake Jacobs has made 4 cruises as guest crew on the Coast Guard’s cadet training ship USCG Eagle over the last 3 years. 

This 295 foot long ship with 23 sails was built in Germany in 1936 and taken by the US as a war reparation in 1946 and sailed to New London Connecticut where it has served the Coast Guard as their seamanship training vessel ever since. 

This ship, originally named Horst Wessel after a Nazi hero, was used to train many of the German U-Boat officers prior to WWII.  Then during the war it was equipped with 20MM antiaircraft guns and downed 5 allied aircraft.   

Forty of the German submarine officers who trained on the Eagle were assigned to assist the US crew on the 1946 sailing of the ship to the USA.  The presentation will include historic and contemporary slides and a short video of sailing and climbing the rigging to 125 feet.