Well, happy birthday to our United States Coast Guard – 222 today! Looking great…….thanks for protecting our shores and helping to keep us safe.
The USCG Cutter Eagle normally homeports in New London, CT at the USCG Academy, but has been moored at US State Pier 9 on Long Wharf in Newport, RI this weekend. I really wanted to get the chance to visit while it was open to the public, and I was glad to make it down there, despite mid-90s heat and a fair bit of humidity!
Tall Ship Eagle – a beautiful three-masted sailing Barque, and the only square-rigged sailing ship in US government service – acts as a training ship for our USCG Academy cadets.
Apparently Eagle was built in 1936 in Hamburg, Germany as a training ship for German Navy cadets, but after WWII was taken by the US as a war prize!
And what a prize indeed – a beautiful ship.
Happy birthday once again – thanks to all who serve in the USCG!