America's Tall Ship Visits San Juan
July 25, 2018
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle (America's Tall Ship) visits San Juan, Puerto Rico during June 2018 and provided free public tours. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service.
Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, the Eagle was taken by the United States as a war reparation following World War II.
A seasoned permanent crew of 8 assigned officers and 50 assigned enlisted personnel maintain the ship and provide a strong base of knowledge and seamanship for the training of up to 153 cadets or officer candidates at a time. Augmented by temporary crew during training deployments, Eagle routinely sails with over 230 hands on board.
Puerto Rico National Guard photo by Sgt. Josue Rivera