MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard tall ship Eagle to arrive in Charleston, offer public tours

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Media Advisory  

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Jacksonville
Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Jacksonville
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After Hours: 305-318-1864
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Coast Guard tall ship Eagle to arrive in Charleston, offer public tours

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WHO: The Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle

WHAT: The Barque Eagle is scheduled to arrive in Charleston. Media ride-along and public tours available.

WHEN: Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15

WHERECharleston Cruise Ship Terminal at 196 Concord St., Charleston, SC 29401

HOW: Media interested in riding along during the Eagle's inbound transit to Charleston may RSVP at (305) 318-1864 no later than Thursday at 5 p.m. A government-issued identification and media credentials are required. Media are asked to arrive at the cruise ship terminal no later than 7:15 a.m. Friday.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive Friday at the Charleston Cruise Ship Terminal.

Eagle will moor for three days and will be open for free public tours starting Friday through Sunday.

Barque Eagle will be open for free public tours on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, March 13
    • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14
    • 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. for first responders, military, and government officials
    • 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. for the public 
  • Sunday, March 15
    • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

At 90 meters (295 feet) in length, Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in United States 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, Eagle was a war reparation for the United States following World War II. Eagle is a three-masted barque with more than 6,797 square meters (22,300 square feet) of sail and 9.7 kilometers (6 miles) of rigging, Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience as part of the Coast Guard Academy and Officer Candidate School curriculum.

Additional information about the Eagle can be found here. The Eagle's design dimensions can be found here.

The Eagle's commanding officer, Capt. Michael A. Turdo’s biography can be found here.

For a continuous stream of information about Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle, including port cities, tour schedules, current events, as well as cadet and active duty crewmember photographs, follow the “United States Coast Guard Barque EAGLE” Facebook page.

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