NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Coast Guard tall ship is arriving in Norfolk at Waterside and open to the public for tours Friday.
Tours are open to the public on Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Nauticus Pier near Waterside.
The Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is the only active square-rigger in the U.S. government service and the largest tall-ship flying the stars and stripes, at 295-feet long.
The Eagle was constructed in 1936 in Hamburg, Germany. It has served as an afloat classroom since 1946, training up to 150 cadets at a time on navigation, damage control, engineering and desk seamanship with eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel.
The tall ship’s deployment will begin in the summer and span eight months and visit 20 ports including Barbados, Santa Domingo, San Juan, Roatán, Cartagena, and Curacao.