MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard tall ship Eagle to arrive in Charleston, offer free pier-side exhibits

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Coast Guard tall ship Eagle to arrive in Charleston, offer free pier-side exhibits

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

WHO: The Coast Guard tall ship Eagle

WHAT: The Barque Eagle is scheduled to arrive in Charleston. Free pier-side exhibits and discussion with officer candidates and members of Eagle's crew.

WHENFriday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14

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

HOW: During this time, there will be opportunities to enjoy free pier-side exhibits and discussions with officer candidates and members of Eagle's crew. Due to COVID safety protocols, public tours onboard the ship are not available at this time.

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

  • Friday, March 12
    • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 13
    • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 14
    • 9 a.m. - 4 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 navigator, Lt. Will Singletary, is a native of Charleston and a 2013 graduate of The Citadel.

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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